With this in mind, let us also remember that anyone and nearly anything can be a great teacher. Do not think you can only learn from those you deem worthy, or you are also closing your mind to new opportunities to learn, and closing your mind to true awakening.
When encouraging others, you have to look at the other person, listen to their concerns and discouragement, then objectively find a way to reach them to become motivated. When going through this process, it becomes easier to take an objective look at yourself and overcome your own obstacles.
If we can learn to detach ourselves from our own perceptions and understand they are just our past perceptions and they may not be true, then we are more open to new observations, other people’s opinions, and other sides to the story.
When we light a lamp for someone, it will brighten our path. We are all together, on the same planet. What we do to one another affects ourselves as well.