It is our souls purpose to do more and become more in this life. Without this development, we can certainly survive but with time, many feel like something is missing. A potential they have inside them may not have been stretched or they feel that they could have been and done more but just well…didn’t.
Sometimes, it is easier for us to learn and develop when we have a ‘teacher’ in our lives. When we are ‘pre-adult’, we are exposed to teachers throughout our education and our parents lead and guide us but as we get older, teachers tend to come into our lives in disguise and…while we are not aware of their role, often they aren’t either.
Be it a difficult colleague or boss, a best friend or (often) a challenging or wonderful relationship – there is a lesson to learn from every encounter. As Oprah once so wisely said, life will send you lessons ‘and as soon as you get the lesson, you get to move on. If you really get the lesson, you pass and you don’t have to repeat the class. If you don’t get the lesson, it shows up wearing another pair of pants—or skirt—to give you some remedial work.’
Often when we are surrounded by people who feed our souls and lift us higher in some way, we are open to the lessons and learn them almost effortlessly as we continue to be inspired however, it is when the lesson comes with an unpleasant teacher/encounter/romance, we focus on the negativity of it all. We wade in the ‘pity bath’ instead of asking, what can I learn here? Why am I being faced with this lesson? Is this a lesson that I have faced before and what do I need to do to learn the lesson and move on so history does not repeat itself?
The whacky reality is that usually our best and most life changing, soul developing lessons come from the nastiest of teachers. That step-father you would have rather your mother/father never met, the boyfriend/girlfriend you should have not dated or the work colleague you wish was never in your team. The wonderful reality is that it is never too late to reflect, learn and turn the resentment into gratitude.
Take the time to listen, observe and learn otherwise, the Universe will kindly deliver another lesson in order to ensure that we are moving towards all that we can be, do and become.
To an Exceptional Existence,