This is really powerful for me, this is why it is so important to live in the moment, to be present. When I am truly present, when I am still, when I am clear I see in all directions. I can decide who I want to be, I can decide how I want to be, and I can choose love. Seeing in all directions has nothing to do with predicting the future, it has to do with seeing my potential, seeing each action I can take and who is taking that action.
I have people in my life that I do not enjoy spending time with. I tend to use very negative language to describe them, to describe the environment and to describe myself when I interact with them. It was recently pointed out to me that the only thing in those situations I have any control over is myself. The reality is I do not like myself in those situations. The practice is now to be here and now in those situations and notice who/what I am. If I am unable to change my feelings about a situation, it is time to change my behavior. It is only possible to change behavior if I am present, still and able to see in all directions.
Question to consider: What is your approach when spending time with people you may or may not get along with?