There's an old saying, "Don't swat mosquitoes on your brother's head with a hatchet," meaning, go easy on the people in your life. If we look hard enough, we can find flaws in anyone. We have a tendency to be critical and judging, particularly of the people closest to us. It's interesting that we tend to be much more tolerant and accommodating of people who we know only slightly. Those who we know well, we seem to judge more severely. Let's try to give the people in our lives a little more slack—at least as much as we do strangers. We can all be more polite, respectful and tolerant of those closest to us. After all, these are our closest supporters: these are the family and friends who have chosen to share their lives with us on this earth. Let's recognize and honor and give thanks for the people who love us enough to be with us.