A neighborhood game involves pounding nails into a tree stump — which sounds easy until you learn that you have to use the skinny side of the hammer instead of the side that is designed for the task. Suddenly, it becomes much more challenging when you see it from another perspective.

This is the case with many other things in life. We think we are all using the same hammer to pound in the nails but others have very different circumstances that make something that is easy for us difficult for them.

If you believe you’ve hit the nail on the head with your argument, pause to consider which head you were able to use to achieve that conclusion. The nails may be the same, but the tools are not.

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