I like to think I do an average job of being mindful. Yet the HBR article, See Colleagues as They Are, Not as They Were, brought me up short.

I’m not a grudge-holder by nature, yet I know that I do bring past experiences with people to bear on today’s interactions. While I don’t want to open myself up to being burned by people repeatedly, I think there’s value in simply experiencing encounters as they are. This people-focused mindfulness would allow me to suspend the “stories” in my head, be more present and notice what’s really going on in interactions – without judgment that clouds reality.

Yes, there are scripts in my brain when I interact with people. However, paying attention to them is a choice. Choosing to simply be with a person and observe anew will help me listen, understand and connect with others.


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