A few +1s ago, we posed the question: “How is this making me stronger?”
Specifically: How is this challenge I’m facing Today making me stronger?
(Well, how is it?!)
We might also want to remember Confucius’ wisdom.
In his Analects, he tells us: “The Master said, In the presence of a good man, think all the time how you may learn to equal him. In the presence of a bad man, turn your gaze within!”
He echoes that wisdom another way as well: “The Master said, Even when walking in a party of no more than three I can always be certain of learning from those I am with. There will be good qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones that will teach me what requires correction in myself.”
That’s Today’s +1.
Let’s learn from those with whom we interact Today.
Let’s emulate the good qualities.
And let’s shine a bright spotlight on the “bad” qualities WITHIN OURSELVES that we want to Optimize.
That’s one (little) way a challenging interpersonal situation can make us stronger.
Reminding ourselves of who we DON’T want to be as we get back to work polishing off our own rough edges.
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