On Annoying Teachers.

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher”

– Pema Chödrön

Good morning {!name_fix},

Welcome to this week’s unpack.

Today’s quote is from Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön about those people (and situations) in our lives that drive us crazy.

You can probably think of someone that fits this description. It could be a family member, a partner (or ex partner!), a colleague, or even your own child. Someone who rubs you the wrong way or seems to challenge you at every turn.

What you might not realise is that we almost always learn more from our challengers than our supporters, so these people have an important role to play in our growth.

Every time someone irritates or annoys us, it immediately brings our attention to a point of resistance and an invitation to change the way we see or respond to things. Of course, most of the time we choose to ignore that invitation and instead let ourselves get frustrated or angry or sad, or whatever the case may be, and then complain about it. Sound familiar?

The problem is that when we ignore instead of explore we will inevitably continue to attract the same lessons over and over until we are ready to learn what we need to learn. You might have noticed that when you cut someone out of your life, or leave a relationship without gaining a deeper understanding your role in the situation, a new person will enter your life to take that place. The specifics might look different, but the underlying theme remains the same. Your annoying teacher will keep knocking until you answer!

Are you ready to explore the invitations for growth in your relationships?

It can be scary to start looking at things in a different way, but the reward is worth it. The reward is the next level you. And what else are you here for if not to make the most of yourself?

Have a wonderful week. See you next Sunday!

Jen x

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