I don't claim to understand everything. I just happen to know a lot. Mostly about things. Nothing overly important. Just things. Things that happen to make my life much easier.
I'm not sure if my life is made easier with my knowledge. Or if because I have made my life simpler, I am open to absorbing such knowledge. I firmly believe that you cannot fully be open to learning if you can't let go of some things.
I'm not talking about being mad about that raise you did not get, or that boyfriend that didn't work out. I'm fine with people being bitter about that. I'm talking about holding on to prejudices and expectations that were either developed early in life or placed upon us by people in our past.
Somewhere, I let go of worrying about what people expect me to do. I let go of worrying about what people think of me. I'm not evil. I can be manipulative. We all can. But I mean no harm. Unless you force me to. I'm not sure why I meet a lot of people who worry about how they are perceived. I think we should worry less on what people think and more on what our conscience thinks.
I don't mind you being selfish. One has to look out for oneself. What I do want is for everyone to do right by all. Help out when you can. Give more than receive. Be nice. Be present. Be honest.
Often, I deal with people who are oblivious to the other person's feelings. I don't get it because they want to be treated nicely but don't notice how poor their own behavior is. Listen: make sure you get what you want. But in the process, try being human. It works out much better. One appreciates honest behavior more than anything else.
A co-worker of mine told me today that she describes me as nasty-nice. She added that she considers that a compliment and aspires to be like me one day. Most people would take exception to the "nasty" part. But I don't. I may be snarky but when it all washes out, we all end up with the proper outcome with nobody harmed. And I am honest about it all.
And even if you don't always get what you want, even if it's not what you necessarily wanted to happen, understanding that it was the honest thing to do makes life much easier. Later.