We all face experiences that test our temperament, our spirit, and our moral fiber. They provoke us to choose between what we feel we should do and what we would do, if not for the expectations of others. Or, they stop us in our tracks because they are sudden and abrupt or we are required to face them before we have the experience or emotional intelligence to address.
I've come to refer to these as character-building experiences and frankly, most days I can do without them.
Whether it's difficult coworkers, trouble-makers, and gossip-mongers; disagreeing with a boss' decision, picking up the slack for others, and being torn between supporting others vs. holding them accountable ; or incidents of harassment, discrimination, and bullying - we all have own personal experiences where we were challenged to make the most of a difficult situation.
When you look back on your own experiences, and you will, know that you are doing so with the wisdom of experience and age. Don't judge. Look back with the grace and compassion for who you were in the moment before hindsight.
What we do flows out of who we are. Being precedes doing. How we respond comes as a result of all the choices we have made throughout our lives. Our choices become our actions. Our actions become our habits. Our habits become our character.
Here's to a quiet rest of the week ahead.