PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 by Cherie Carter-Scott in IF LIFE IS A GAME, THESE ARE THE RULES

view others through the grid of our past experiences, feelings, and
thoughts. Usually we convince ourselves that our perceptions of them are
objective and disconnected to any of our own issues. Consider, however,
approaching your life as if other people were mirroring back to you
important information. If you accept this premise, then each encounter
reflects back to you an opportunity to explore your relationship to
yourself and to learn. Assume for a moment that the qualities you admire
in others – their strengths, abilities, and positive attributes – are
really characteristics you have already embraced within yourself. You
can therefore allow them to illuminate more clearly your own feelings of

Conversely, you can view the people you judge
negatively as gifts, presented to show you what you are not accepting
about yourself. Imagine that every time you are angered, hurt, or
irritated by another, you are actually being given the opportunity to
heal past incidents of anger, hurt, or irritation. Perhaps viewing
weakness in others is an opportunity to extend the loving arms of
compassion to them; or it could be the perfect moment to heal the
unconscious judgment you have secretly harbored against yourself.”

         Chérie Carter-Scott in, “If Life Is A Game, These Are The Rules”

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