They will often get angry, shout at me, swear, call me all the names under the sun, and walk away. All those reactions are fine with me. I believe in people expressing what they feel about me, preferably to me. Usually they give what I’ve said some thought, and then come back.
Most people will agree that I can be a ‘pain in the butt’ at times, but they’ll also tell you that I’m usually right, and that given time, they’ll value what I said and realise that I said those things in their best interests.
In my life I’ve had a number of long-term relationships, with different women, or so I thought. Actually they were the same woman, just in different bodies. I’ve also had many different jobs, but again, all the same, just different environments.
In every case, relationships and jobs, I’ve faced identical situations because I haven’t dealt with them first time around.
I’ve also found that everyone who ‘pushed my buttons’ was in fact a great teacher. They were teaching me that they were just a reflection of something that was part of me, and something that I had to face up to and change.
In fact, in my experience, the most valuable teachers were those who at times I could have cheerfully strangled.
I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t change your job for something better, but I am suggesting that you might ask yourself: ‘What lessons can I learn from that ba****d?’ ‘What is it about him or her that is a reflection of something in me I need to change?’
Unless you do, you may find yourself in a similar drama again and again, the only difference being that the cast will have changed, but not the roles they play.
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