I read a quote by Matt Kahn that said:
Despite how open, peaceful, and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you, as deeply as they’ve met themselves…
This has made me think about all the interactions I have had where I tried to be my best self with someone only to be mistaken or misunderstood.
For years I have questioned my reality and how I present myself to the world. I wondered if I was difficult, mean, rude, blunt, etc. I would think that I was delivering my truth only to have the person defend themselves against what I have said.
When I speak, I attempt to deliver my message without judgement. I like to speak from a vantage point of what is, without making it positive or negative and still accept people for who they are and their beliefs. What I have learned is that some people don’t appreciate it when another person chooses not to engage in debates or take sides.
I have looked at my mirror, met my shadow and meet with it frequently. I know that is something that not everyone takes the time to do. What I an now realizing that because there are people in the world who don’t look at their mirrors long enough to really see themselves, they are unable to see me.
I am met with opposition and confusion. I am met with hatred and anger. No matter how someone reacts to me, my hope is respond to every person with love.
It is not enough to be open, honest, peaceful and loving. I must also have compassion and intuition to see that someone hasnt met themselves deeply yet and accept them with love.
The next time you feel misunderstood or unjustly treated in a conversation, remember, it’s not about you. It’s about you being the mirror the other person isn’t ready to face. Never lower yourself to be understood. The right people will understand and appreciate your authentic self!