Buddhist Thoughts: Learning from difficult people

Just before Christmas, think of the following. It states my most practised and my most admired principle of Buddhism:

Eventually we will find (mostly in retrospect, of course) that we can be very grateful to those people who have made life most difficult for us.
– Ayya Khema, “When the Iron Eagle Flies”

I love that! I have been using this approach for many years. Whether it is a boss or whether it is a challenge at work, or at home. All those challenges you come across in life need to be solved in order for us to move on. If we master the challenge we get to the next one. If we die before we master the challenge, we will be confronted with a challenge that resolves a similar issue in our next life.

Hence, whenever you think you can escape life (suicide) or a situation (change jobs, avoid certain individuals), rest assured you come across the same situation again until it is resolved. The suffering, the ongoing samsara, will be part of this and future lives. The suffering will ease by solving one challenge, but the next one is around the corner.

Until we resolved them all. Until we become enlightened.

Buddha bless, have a great Christmas.
Volker