Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.
I have a confession to make. I have not been very patient recently. I'm not talking about the type of patience where you are waiting for something to occur, or hoping for an outcome, anticipating a special holiday. I'm talking about being patient, of taking a deep breath when frustrated, stepping back and considering the reasons you are feeling upset.
Being patient when someone has rattled you is a difficult skill to master, isn't it?
My toes have been stepped on a bit this week, unintentionally, with the result of my feeling undermined. Only my dislike of confrontation has kept me from lashing out...although a few close friends have been kind enough to let me vent. I did, however, finally realize that I had to say something, before my emotions escalated even more.
But first I stepped back, paused and...once my blood stopped boiling...tried to discern why the person had taken the actions she had. I tried to look at the situation through compassionate eyes. Which helped. A little. Maybe more.
After all, who hasn't done a little unintentional toe-stepping at some point in her life? I know I have, regretfully.
I finally decided that I needed to address what was upsetting me, which I did, hopefully without including the sting I was feeling. Hopefully with a little compassion and understanding.
Fingers crossed that I succeeded.
Sending love this Nurturing Thursday...