“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
Take a moment to REALLY consider that statement. Let it sink in. Read it again if you need to.
Now… far be it for me to load you up with the responsibility to reach out and help the person that just bit you. I won’t do that. You do what your conscience calls you to do.
at minimum, make sure that you are only taking in distress where it is rightfully yours. Remember my post that mentioned how we as individuals sometimes create our own distress? Well, this would be an opportunity to NOT do that.
Just consider for a moment that whatever it is someone just did–whatever negative, anger/hurt-inspiring act or set of words–actually had nothing to do with you. It was their pain spilling out inappropriately onto you because they could no longer contain it. They’ve had enough. They can’t manage it anymore. In fact, maybe it’s been a lifetime of trying to manage or slowly building up. Perhaps they really believe you are the problem. If it weren’t you that set them off, it would’ve been something else. Or maybe something about you or your position or your relationship triggers a wound deep within them.
You don’t have to reach out to help them (although that would be awesome). Even if you tried, you might not really be able to.
But you can choose not to take offense. You can also choose not to engage with that person if they’re unable to stop and this is a regular occurrence. You have the power to allow or not allow other people to upset you… which becomes distress or negative stress. And that’s the stuff that derails you, your plans and your goals. For many of my clients, my value as a coach is helping them get back on track when someone (or something) else derails them.
It’s in your hands.