Originally Posted by Andrew Brunelle
The only reason you take offense to something someone else does is because you see a part of yourself that has this same sort of problem.
I agree. Since I read Steve's article, I've been doing a lot of searching within myself (i.e., what part of myself do I see in this other person who is irritating me?) and by reading articles on this topic, on unconditional love, and on self forgiveness. In addition, these topics have come up a number of times over the last week without my having looked for them. People just start talking about them. It's like, "How about this cold weather we're having, and oh by the way, the relationships we have with other people are reflections of the relationships we have within ourselves."
I'm really starting to see the truth in what Steve said. I'm also starting to think that some of the things I see in other people may reflect the way I used to be. So maybe my fear is that I will revert to my old behaviors--being chronically late, for example. I suppose that as I let go of the past, those fears will diminish, but I am still in the beginning stages of letting go, so the fears may still be close to the surface.
I have to say that putting these ideas into practice has helped me already, even though it's only been a week.