As adults, our families are our biggest teachers.
Our family knows us better than anyone else.
Our family can trigger us in ways no one else can.
The way our family judges us means more to us than anyone else.
Yet how we choose to show up in the midst of all of that says more about us than any other situation.
It is a great opportunity to put our practices and our patience to work.
When those closest to us push our buttons, how we respond shows our maturity.
Who we are as individuals is revealed by our actions in these most trying situations.
We can forgive our friends and our co-workers for behavior that annoys us.
Can we do the same for our family?
Our family may still treat us as if we are 10 years old. Can we respond as if we are no longer 10 years old?
We stress over how our parents or our relatives act. We would prefer they change.
Can we learn to accept them exactly the way they are?
Can we be with our family without judgment even when they judge us?
Can we be kind to them even when they are not kind to us?
Can we be patient with them if when they are not patient with us?
The sign of our true evolution is when we can face those that we know better than anyone else on the planet, and still accept them without judgment and with love.
~ Sam Liebowitz, The Conscious Consultant