History Will Repeat Itself
Life is a brilliant teacher that sends us lessons. If we don't learn what we need to learn, like any good teacher, life will send us another lesson. Sure the characters will change and the settings will be slightly different, but the plot will be the same. If you find yourself in familiar and unpleasant situations time and time again, it's time to sit down and ask yourself what lesson you are missing. It's okay if you get the answer wrong; Life is patient and won't hesitate to keep sending the same lesson until you finally get it.
My life lesson:
One day, many years ago, I was dealing with a particularly hard to handle co-worker. She would speak to me in a very demeaning and often scolding manner; and rarely work related. The verbal malice was typically very personal in nature and usually a misjudgment of my character. I was in my mid to late 20's at the time and this women was old enough to be my mother. This behavior confused me because, until that point, I had been extremely blessed with great co-workers. But then it hit me that she was almost exactly the same personality type of another co-worker at a previous job. As I thought about it, they even looked alike. I remembered that I never really figured out how to handle the first one and her aggressive and rude behavior. It was then that I started toying with the idea that Life puts people in our path to teach us a lesson. And if we don't learn it, they will show up again and again until we do. It was up for debate then, and it still is now, Do they stop showing up? Or do we just know how to deal with them so they stop showing up on our radar? Perhaps it's a little of both. I don't know the answer to that, but what I do know that I learned how to think about people treated others poorly. I no longer took it personally because I knew people that lash out in that way are hurting or scared in some way. I knew their behavior wasn't about me. I can name dozens of other times that I found myself in situations where I knew history was repeating itself and I needed to get serious about the lesson or it would keep showing up. One of the best ways I have found to find the lesson, is to STEER it. When I get clear about my thoughts, emotions and the execution, I can shift it in a way that serves my peace of mind.
The story behind the picture:
This is a picture of Glacier Bay National park in Alaska. I have been fortunate enough to see it twice and both times I was in awe! I saw the glaciers break off into the water, drifting away in chunks and getting smaller and smaller as it melted into the ocean. I love to recycle and to me, this is the epitome of Mother Nature recycling. The chunks of ice are like the lessons that melt into the ocean of life slowly becoming one with it again.