What does the Lady Tramp find inspiring? Many things, however this week was not one of those weeks. What happens when someone you respect and admire is frustrated with you. I usually feel badly. When I disapoint someone whose respect I would like to have, I am usually disappointed in myself. Since I don't like feeling disappointed in myself, I try to take a step back and put myself in their shoes.
So I put myself in their position by reminding myself what is like for me when I supervise young apprentices. I tell them that no question is to stupid to ask. I was very green when I was in the apprenticeship, as a matter of fact I didn't even know the name of the tools in my tool pouch. My journeyman had to tell me what to do every step of the way. On days that I am in a good mood I have no trouble with guidance in a kind and nurturing way. On days when I feel overwelmed, I bark commands and am short tempered in short I am very vindictive and intolerant.
Back to the person I disappointed with too many questions and negative energy. Maybe that person is overwhelmed, it is the end of the semester, the end of the semester is hard on everyone involved in school at this time.
So rather than being too disappointed in myself, I will remind myself that I can own some of the frustration, but I do not have to own what is not mine--and maybe this person is overwelmed themselves.
The last step is to release this--easily said, not easily done.