Everyone has something to teach you
I’ve come to realize that everyone–yes, everyone–has something to teach me.
Even people I don’t like.
Have you ever spent time with people who are all about themselves? I have.
What I’ve learned is that this isn’t about me. It’s about them.
What could I possibly learn from this?
I learned what I don’t want to be. I learned patience. I learned that, most times, these people don’t even realize they are being this way.
As you go about your day today, look for the lessons in the ugly places.
Face the things you don’t like, and do your best to learn something anyway.
Wisdom from unlikely places
I had a really nice response from one of my readers the other day.
She said that she likes to notice nature. She gets joy from that.
She mentioned that she was astonished when she realized that not everyone pays attention to nature as they go about their day.
Not everyone is going to focus on what you choose to focus on, and that’s OK.
But where your attention goes, your energy flows.
Even the mere act of noticing is an opportunity to learn, to appreciate whatever you can see, hear, or feel.
Let’s call this meta-noticing–noticing your noticing.
When you become aware of why you’re doing what you’re doing, you start to learn lessons you’ve never learned before.
And this can help you think about–and approach–your life in a new and, hopefully, better way.
The BEST kind of wisdom: The wisdom you produce yourself
Ultimately, the best kind of wisdom is the wisdom you produce yourself.
Because you are in the thick of it. You’re experiencing it. You’re finding lessons that are immediately applicable to your life.
You’re learning by doing.
And that’s the kind of learning that’s most likely to stay with you.