Learning Through Our Encounters With Others

Sometimes, too caught up in the appearances of things, I walk away from encounters with friends and strangers, not realizing what has been deposited in me, by them.

Then, out of the blue, the flashes of conversations strike a path through the haze of my mind to make clear some valuable lessons I’ve learnt through these Encounters.

On difficult moments: “Celebrate little victories…” – S was explaining how he kept a cool head during the kidnap simulations in Capetown. When the line between reality and make-pretend becomes blur, and it’s tempting to break down under the tension, stress and fear, “celebrate little victories,” they are taught. “That little contact with someone… the ability to breathe.” 

I like that this is something I can apply Everyday, when the going gets tough.

On ex’s and break ups: “I like to think of it as Life Sequence Partner… when we see each other on the road, we can still say hi and have a drink and then go our separate ways… no ill feelings, no need to be rude…” – A.

What an idea. Thinking of an Ex as a “Life Sequence Partner”. Kinda like it. 

On growing old together: “Circumstances today have changed… I really admire couples who’ve been together for 20 years… What makes them stick?” – A asked. “Love,” – L replied.

Love really is all. Love is also a lot of work–anything good is. It’s worth it.

“If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” – Liz Gilbert, Eat Pray Love.

What little victories can you / did you celebrate today / this week?




“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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