I was listening to The Tim Ferriss Show podcast earlier today (I think it was the episode The 4-Hour Workweek Revisited) and Tim was talking about how he always has this question queued up in his mind for when difficult situations arise:
How can I view this as a gift?
It really connected with me as a great way to flip the script when you’re first reaction may be frustration, annoyance, or anger. Instead, how can I learn from this? How can I see this as an opportunity?
This is in line with other Buddhist teaching I have come across, in terms of seeing Buddha, as a teacher, in others and looking at challenging situations as opportunities to learn. It reminded me of this quote as well:
In a work situation, if you have a particularly cantankerous boss who you think is a complete idiot, can you look at that person as the Buddha? As a manager, can you see that person who is working for you as the Buddha?
-Gerry Shishin Wick Sensei, “Zen in the Workplace”