3. Opponents Teach – Every person in life is a player, as well as a potential opponent. The word opponent in this case does not mean an enemy to attack or defend yourself from. Rather, an opponent is any player in the game who provides a challenge for you to resolve, overcome, or master.
Everyone has something to teach us about ourselves (where we’re at) and themselves (where they’re coming from). Observe other players. Deepen your appreciation for the diverse expressions of life. Each person has a slightly different way of doing things. What works for one may or may not work for another. New ways are continually created. Some endure, others fade. Some ways cause harm, others help. Pay attention and you’ll learn something from everyone.
Use your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual senses to observe what’s happening. Notice how you feel when you interact with a person or spend time in their presence. Use all of your intelligence to learn from the behavior and experiences that others share with you by story or example. Keep a positive attitude toward others, including those whose views and backgrounds are different from yours. Ponder what others show you and share with you and, most of all, listen carefully to your own Soul’s guidance. Maintain your balance. Decide for yourself how to apply what you’ve learned.