Learning opportunities other people give us – freely!


I think we have all heard “what you often see or dislike in others is something you should be working on in yourself.”  Well, this happened to me recently – along with countless other times in my life – but this time  I caught myself right away.

I could feel myself filling up with angry – how or why can they do that!  I had started my day feeling great – I had lots on my plate at work and home but felt things were coming together.  I started to let one episode spiral my day down.  Negative scenarios started playing out in my head and then WHAM I realized what was happening.  That what had been done to me, I have done in the past and justified it.  How could I be mad at someone over something I have also done?   I was allowing something, frankly not that important, to ruin my day.  It was a awake call for me – I don’t have to go down that road of negativity.  It is my decision to have a bad or good day.

What can I take away from this situation or any situation?  This one was letting go.  Realizing no one is perfect and admitting and seeing my flaws – yes maybe through a mirror.  If we are getting upset with other people’s behavior, maybe we should be taking a hard look at what we are doing.  Is it behavior or opinions that we have expressed in the past.  Is it something we should be working on in ourselves? Not just seeing it and criticizing it in others.  If we start to look at situations around us and happening to us as learning opportunities think about what we can take away!  Less stress, negativity and maybe a different way to look at the world.  I’m in and starting now.

9 thoughts on “Learning opportunities other people give us – freely!

  1. You are so right. It’s important to take a step back and think about what exactly is making us feel this way, and why? Taking a look in the mirror an realizing that perhaps THAT is what needs attention. And being open to doing that! 🙂


    1. Yes to looking in the mirror and having a aha moment. I think life gives us chances for growth it is just staying focused and open to them. Thanks for commenting and stopping by.


  2. I like this way of thinking – I sometimes get a little short tempered with my daughter, and then I hold myself back because, you know, she is a lot like me when I was the same age. She’s just learning to be a grown up, as we all have to do. Wise thinking, I enjoyed this!


    1. Thanks. I sometimes feel I am a slow learner on a few things as they come up again. Stepping back, breathing or leaving the situation until I can get a handle on myself works. You are right kids give us learning opportunities a lot like patience. She is pushing her boundaries which is her job at the moment!!


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