Micro Entrepreneurism, Simple Living & Art
When I encounter someone (or a situation with someone) that I don’t understand (read: an interaction that didn’t work out the way I thought it would or should, aka mistake or failure) I try to learn from it. I try to imagine what they’re thinking, instead of wishing that they just think and acted more like me. I try and figure out where they are in the world that that is how/why they are acting or reacting in the way that they are. I actually spend a fair amount of time in this realm. Each encounter is a chance to improve upon the last one.
I am learning to be much less judgmental and much more compassionate. I still tend to have an immediate gut reaction to a situation, but I am getting better at realizing that that is what it is, and letting it pass. So I take time and space to think outside my realm, to contemplate an existence and state of being that is not my own. I recognize that truly knowing where someone else is in their world is impossible (after all we barely know ourselves), but I think exploring the possibility is a worthwhile endeavor. Contemplating other people’s worlds has given me much insight into my own. Other people have unknowingly taught me a lot of valuable lessons.
I’m curious if you do this. And why or why not?
(On a side note, my last post was my 100th. Just a number I know, but one I’m proud to have reached.)