A Spiritual Challenge for this week:
What does your negative judgement or criticism of other people say about you?
In our continuing effort to make our lives happier, more positive, less hostile, more calm, less confrontational and more peaceful we try to make or break habitual behavior. Each behavioral change begins with an awareness that a habit exists or that we could benefit by creating a new habit. This week I challenge you (and I) to be mindful in our response to the behavior of other people.
Our negative judgment of other people frequently exposes our own shortcomings. In other words, what we dislike in others is often the very thing we hate about ourselves. When we judge others we don’t define them, we define ourselves.
Instead of criticizing another’s “annoying behavior”let us try to look inwardly at our own collection of traits and attitudes. Our desire to criticize or to pass judgment offers an excellent mirror of who we truly are.
How about we try this approach?
It’s human to find fault, and we shouldn’t be overcome with shame when it occurs, however if we simply criticize other people we hinder our own personal growth rather than rejoicing that we’ve been given an opportunity to change our perspective. We can feel a bit of gratitude for what our negative reactions are able to teach us, but we must be willing to learn from them and make a change. Change is hard, but well worth the effort. How exciting would it be to accept every hateful moment as an opportunity to make positive change.
This week, I challenge you to look beyond other people’s faults and recognize your own.
Experience your Personal Pause now. Push the PAUSE button.