Are you able to respect their interests and their desire to participate in them, even if you don’t share them? Another common issue is that you’re simply not looking for the same things or aren’t in the same place in life.
This can often trump compatibility; after all, it doesn’t matter that the two of you get on like a house on fire if what you’re looking for in a relationship is diametrically opposed to what the other person wants.
When we hear the parable of the talents, we usually focus our attention on developing our skills, but let’s take it one step further and focus on the mission at hand.
Jesus is asking us to join him in building his kingdom here on earth.
Today’s readings might remind us of the old Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared.” Be always ready because you never know what might come your way.