Ram Dass wrote, “We’re all just walking each other home.”
Of course, that means more than just “We’re all just hanging out with each other until we die.” Home, in this sense, refers to the sense of purpose and belonging that comes from self-knowledge. To know yourself is to be at home with yourself.
How do we do this? How is that we’re all just walking each other home? Well, whether we get along with each other on this journey or not, all our interactions with one another are invitations to look more deeply into what makes our lives worth living; They’re opportunities to both learn what we’re really made of and explore what we’re truly capable of.
Relationships are a form of spiritual practice. When we engage other human beings, we’re doing more than just burning time while we try to achieve our goals. We’re also taking steps towards self-actualization.
So even if you find yourself walking alongside people who aren’t so pleasant, make the most of it. Whether they realize it or not, they’re in your life to help you find your way home.