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Amy's Reflections

January 11, 2018

"Step with care and great tact, and remember that life's a great balancing act." - Dr. Seuss

I had an interesting discussion with Maleigha last night when I picked her up from dance. It basically centered on another girl in dance class that was happy to point out Maleigha's mistakes frequently and loudly. Of course this didn't sit well with Maleigha and she was frustrated on how to handle it. I decide this is a great teaching moment for her on being the better person and rising above the emotions of the situation. So, I proceed to give Maleigha some scripting to use for the situation. She looks me straight in the face and says "if that is what being the better person is then I don't think I can do it." I tried really hard not to laugh! I smiled and shared it is indeed difficult to be the better person in most situations but that it is the right thing to do. In the end we agreed on a compromised script that she could use with the girl and she chatted on about something else.

We all understand the concept of being the better person. It still seems elusive and one of the most difficult things to put into practice. I learned the most about being the better person and putting myself in the other person's shoes by working with Nancy Gabrielson. Although she taught me many things, truly looking at it from the other perspective was probably the greatest gift she passed along. I encourage you to think about this in your everyday lives. How many times are we caught up in being right instead of just being compassionate? For this week, I challenge you to look at a super frustrating situation and try to see the many different angles of the situation. It may help you find the resolution that you are seeking. Good luck and may you find that the view on the high road is much better!

"Silence is the best response to a fool." - Unknown

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