We all have them—those people in our lives we struggle to deal with effectively. And if we find a solution with one, we can be pretty sure there’ll be another along in a minute.
It’s tempting to deal with these “difficult” people, or at least the ones we experience as difficult, by walking away, by taking ourselves out of the situation.
In a sense, they are our teachers: In figuring out how to relate to them effectively, productively and even perhaps compassionately, we learn, mature and grow.
Turn away from them and we miss out on the learning, at least until the next opportunity, though that probably won’t be long in coming.
As they say, what we resist persists.
What we accept, we move beyond.
Who are your teachers?
And what is the learning?