Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know. (Pema Chodron, Tibetan nun)

We often try hard to eliminate life’s most persistent annoyances. Whether it’s a co-worker, a fellow student, or even a family member, that person’s peculiar and continual mannerism or habit just drives us to distraction. How do we handle them? Chodron seems to teach that, rather than avoid them, we should discover what we can learn from them to make our own work more effective.

Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open for knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)