Okay, let’s say that every encounter you have in an opportunity for you to learn something.
Every conversation or meeting you have, whether it’s a chance meeting in the street, or an interchange online, or a board meeting or a business meeting, or a casual meeting in a cafe – any meeting or interchange is an opportunity for you to gain something from that exchange.
I’m talking about gaining a greater understanding of an aspect of yourself. Whether it has to do with your hubris, or anger, or your sense of self-worth, or your need always to dominate, or your need always to be submissive. Whatever it might be, every interchange is an opportunity for you to learn, if you approach it with self-awareness.
Hence every person you meet, or in some way interact with, is a teacher.
Now, how about we reverse it.
We always tend to look at life, and our role in it, through our own eyes. Everything always revolves around us, our journey, our hopes and dreams and aspirations.
How about we reverse it.
How about we begin to consider our life through the eyes of others. Of those we meet, who meet us.
There’s a belief that when you walk the Camino, at some stage you’ll meet your Camino Angel – someone who will do something, or say something, that will help you in some meaningful way. Whether it’s to carry your backpack, or help you with a blister, or give you much needed advice on something that’s been troubling you.
It occurred to me on my first Camino that I could be an angel for someone else. That maybe something I did, without my even being aware of it, could help someone, in some way. That thought kind of freaked me out, because I’d never thought of myself in any way angelic! haha. But you know what I mean. You could be the angel that helps someone else, without you even realising.
Some with life lessons.
Without even realising, you could create a situation that tests and challenges someone else, for them to learn and grow. Not necessarily for you, but for them.
This has just happened with me. I’ve just had a business interchange with a man who was challenged to step up to the next level, spiritually. It occurred to me that this wasn’t about my needs – which are simple: everything happens for my Highest Good. Good or bad. As Caroline Myss says in my PGS film: How do you know what’s bad? How do you know?!
No, this was an opportunity for him.
It’s an interesting way to look at life lessons – not through the lens of how we can learn and grow, but how we can offer opportunities for others to learn and grow.
And in the process, of course, we learn and grow too…