“If you really want to get along with somebody, let them be themselves.”

Willie Nelson

A puzzle piece doesn’t morph to fit the slot, it just finds where it belongs. Similarly, when it comes to relationships, let’s ditch the chisel. Don’t whittle away at someone’s edges, trying to reshape them to fit your idea of who they should be. Instead, value the uniqueness they bring to the table. It’s their signature blend of quirks and qualities, after all, that makes them who they are.

Just as a master chef savors distinct flavors, relish their individuality. Maybe they’re sweet as sugar or perhaps they have a dash of tartness. Perhaps they’re a vibrant chili, full of fire. Whoever they are, let them be. Every flavor has its essence, every person their heart.

So, in this grand feast of life, strive for harmony, not conformity. Let others be themselves. That’s the secret sauce to getting along. Your bond will be a gourmet dish, not a bland, one-note meal. Isn’t that the real recipe for connection?

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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