What If We Could Change Our Relationship To Tough Times?

What if we could accept that difficult experiences are a chance to learn and grow?

What if we could let go of our unconscious expectations?

Like reaching all our goals.
Others behaving in the way we want them to.
Always getting stellar results.

What if we could not only accept the crappy occurrences in our professional (and personal) lives, but welcome them as part of our journey through leadership, life, and learning?

What if we could tolerate just being in the middle of difficult times? In the words of the Buddhist teacher and author, Pema Chodron

We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again.

What if we could stop long enough to reflect on what we are learning – about ourselves, others and the environment in which we are leading, when faced with roadblocks and disappointments.

What if we could experience tough times in the same way we would with a dear friend? Honestly and compassionately…

What then? 

July 3rd, 2015|

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  1. Krishnamurti July 25, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Relationship is the most difficult thing in life

    “It needs great intelligence for a man and woman to be forgotten, to live together, not surrender to each other or be dominated by one or the other. Relationship is the most difficult thing in life.”

    Jiddu Krishnamurti – http://bit.ly/1OFsB5S

  2. Nick Jessett July 3, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Hi Suzi,

    Great blog – I’m not familiar with the work of Pema Chodron and will certainly follow up on it. A couple of years ago I came across some buddhist teaching under the banner of ‘The Arahant” on the web comprising some presentations and vids. worth alike.

    Best Nick

    • Suzi McAlpine July 7, 2015 at 4:11 am - Reply

      Hi Nick, thanks so much! The Buddhist teaching you mentioned sounds interesting, I look forward to checking that out. Cheers, Suzi.

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