Life Lessons

Being cranky and impatient with the shenanigans of others as I currently am has a good side. At least for me. Being hyper aware of people’s shortcomings is like a having a mirror that shows me my own shortcomings, shows me what I need to work on.

The people who insist on making everything about them are reminding me the world does not revolve around a single person. We all revolve around each other, all have a place, even if it’s hard to concede another’s place, even if it’s hard to hold our own.

Those who refuse to take responsibility for their actions, including seemingly simple actions that affect others such as asking for more than is offered, are teaching me to be mindful of how everything affects everything else, and to accept the consequences of what I do.

Those who insist on always being right are teaching me that sometimes kindness and discretion are a greater right.

Those who insist on having the last word are teaching me to hold my tongue.

Those who insist on always doing their own thing even in a synchronized dance class are teaching me the importance of cooperating to get harmonious results.

Those who constantly one-up others, who have done more, been sicker or healthier, been more successful or more victimized, are teaching me that modesty has its place. (Actually, this is something I already know. But these poor folks remind me why I do not like to push myself forward.)

One of these days my hypersensitivity will pass, but these lessons will remain with me. I hope.

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(Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.”)

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5 Responses to “Life Lessons”

  1. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Everyone has the potential to teach someone else. Whether they know it or not.

  2. Constance Says:

    Very well stated. Some things to think about.

  3. Sherrie Miranda Says:

    Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    As Bertram says, Life is full of lessons. All we have to do is look around and there they are!
    Buddha says “The lesson will be repeated until it is learned.” So, learn the lesson so you can move on to the next one! Though, in my past, I sometimes lingered for years in the same situation; often over and over, the lesson was repeated, sometimes with different people, sometimes the same.
    Bot today, I declare, that ONCE IS ENOUGH! I LEARN THE LESSON & MOVE ON!
    Thank you, Pat, for this reminder! 😉 ❤
    Peace,
    Sherrie


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