Choosing Grace Over Grudge: From Hurt to Healing through Change

I was hurt by a colleague in a way that cut deeply. I dealt with it by letting her know I was hurt and surprised that she did what she did, then let it go, or so I thought. Recently she was nominated for something prestigious, and I have the power to veto it.

I want to veto it. I want to veto it a lot. I want someone else to get that nomination, who is actually very worthy of it and deserves it more than she does. But I know that many who will vote feel against that.

Am I open to changing my position on this? Is this a hill I want to die on? Do I want to give this person and the situation that much power?

Well, when I put it to myself that way, the answer is no. I will put forward the other names, and I will argue strongly for them. And then I’ll let it all go.

Whew! I passed the test.

Being open to changing our position on anything that we are emotionally invested in is really difficult. It can come in many guises: saying no to your dearly beloved son or daughter … or parent, when you know that ‘no’ is the right answer; pointing a finger at someone else in order to protect your ego when you know that other person isn’t to blame. There are many ways we are challenged to change something we know isn’t working, but resist doing it.

It’s called inertia, and it’s a universal law – any object that is at rest with reman so, and any object in motion will continue in motion at that speed and direction unless something forces it to do otherwise.

Change is naturally a challenge, so don’t be too hard on yourself when you encounter a need to make a change.

If you want to read more on dealing with change, here are some earlier blogs on change: Shifting Perspectives: Movement as a Catalyst for Change, and The Process of Change.

Quote of the Week

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

– Albert Einstein


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