It doesn’t matter who we are, or who we go on to meet, everyone has something special to give. On our part, we must be open enough to receive it.
Every encounter we experience gives us the opportunity to become more self-aware, by showing us what we can accept about ourselves. Our behaviour will always give information to the other person; which is why first impressions count.
The key to our greater self-awareness lies in what we can learn or know about ourselves and how we judge or accept ourselves. For example, if someone says something about you and you know they’re speaking the truth but it hits a nerve, the truth can hurt.
It’s always hard for us to acknowledge our faults, let alone hear others point them out. The same point can be applied to almost any situation. Our reactions are often a reflection of how we judge ourselves and how we feel about ourselves and not the other person.
It may also depend on who we’re talking to. We tend to judge others when we feel emotionally threatened in some way. If we are in the company of someone who is more outgoing than we are we may resent them being that way.
When we become more accepting of others, we’re more likely to express what’s being presented in a more appropriate and mature way. Although we very rarely understand it, our judgments of others are usually based on our own emotional reactions and when applied appropriately, help us gain insight into how we think and behave.
We must learn to explore all assumptions and beliefs. However, we look at it our judgment of others acts as a mirror so that we get to see how we present ourselves.