The Unique Gifts of Others

Posted by Jacinta Hin on January 30, 2009

One way to look at the people in your life is to understand the one key quality they bring you.

Some people inspire, some people teach you something, and some really see you for who you are. Other people have a calming effect, or take care of something for you.

The list is long and not limited to the grand positive influences.

Take for instance the smile of a passing stranger that turns a bleak day into a bright one, or an unexpected word of wisdom from someone that gives you a new perspective on an issue you were struggling with.

And what about that irritating, energy-draining colleague at work who you need to work with for the years to come. If you dig deeper, you might find he or she actually challenges you to better your performance or expose a quality within yourself you are unaware of or unwilling to face.

Finding that one core quality helps me to accept and appreciate the people around me. It makes me work with what they have to offer rather than look for what is not there. It helps me focus on what they give me rather than what I find fault in them, and it forces me to deal with unpleasant parts of myself, contributing to better self-awareness.

Understanding what a person brings also means understanding the role that person plays in the bigger picture of the situation I’m in. When I’m for instance emotionally involved in such a way that I’m aggravated, and a calm person with a neutral perspective steps in, I can surrender and retreat instead of holding on to misplaced pride and self-absorption.

This way everybody has a special purpose and something to contribute, enriching our experiences and helping us in many ways move through our lives.

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  1. KonstantinMiller July 6, 2009 11:54 pm

    How soon will you update your blog? I’m interested in reading some more information on this issue.

  2. Jacinta Hin July 13, 2009 11:39 am

    I update my blog twice a month. Thanks for visiting.

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