There is a whole lot of the pot calling the kettle black going on these days. Now, before you react to that statement read on.
For those of you in what we call the “younger generations” who may not be familiar with it, that phrase has nothing to do with skin color. In my grandparents generation most frying pans were made out of iron. Which is a black metal. Most tea kettles – which sat on the stove opposite the frying pan – were silver. Probably made out of aluminum. So the pot calling the kettle black is a reference to those statements where you project your own choices, deficits or actions onto others. Generally others who might have the power to point out to you your own hypocrisy. Here’s one of my favorite Jewish teaching sayings meant to encourage you to look at yourself through other’s eyes before you decide what your reality may or may not be:
“If one person calls you a horse ignore them. If two people call you a horse think about it. If three people call you a horse buy a saddle.”
I’ll end this with one of the wisest statements I’ve ever heard anyone say. “Don’t believe everything you think.” Dr. Wayne Dyer