Everyone You Hate Is Really Awesome…

by P. Braithwaite

Close your eyes and think of a person who triggers strong emotions in you. You know, that person who drives you crazy or makes you want to punch a baby. Maybe it’s your mom, a former friend, lover, or coworker. Either way, they piss you off like no one else.

Think about the person. Got it? Okay, Good.

Well, what if that person isn’t actually an enemy. What if she’s a spiritual teacher in disguise? What if that person, that annoying son-of-a-b*tch, was a gift from God — sent to bring you closer to yourself? What wisdom do your interactions hold? What feelings are stirred and what can those feelings teach you about yourself?

How would your approach to the situation change?

I’m not going to write a long post today. I’m not going to tell you a story about some asshole person who taught me about myself. Forgiveness work is ongoing and somewhat tough. Sometimes it’s easier to see people as enemies instead of teachers, but keep this in mind: we only judge what we cannot yet accept in within ourselves.

A tough pill to swallow. I know….

So today, I open it up to you: If your enemy is actually your teacher, what lessons and blessings are your receiving?