235- Skills and Situations

Recently, a new friend told me that I had a “wooden” constitution.

At its best, wood is strong, versatile, yet predictable. At its worst, it’s inflexible, unforgiving, and does not compromise.

Expanding the metaphor has been a fascinating self-reflection exercise since objects are neither intrinsically good nor bad. They have properties that are helpful in some situations and aren’t in others.

The lesson is that we need to understand ourselves and how we exist in relationship to the situations we encounter. The better we know ourselves, the better we can make use of our skills and reduce our losses.

Ht: Conversations with Kayleigh Stack

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