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A Prayer for Difficult People

O God, Creator of difficult people, bless me with the strength, fortitude, wisdom and equanimity of spirit to deal with the difficult people You have placed in my life. Grant me the ability to see the next disaster well enough in advance to dodge, divert, or otherwise disable it before it happens, or at least to minimize its ill effects. May my buttons be hidden from view so that Your difficult people may not so easily press them next time as they have done so very well of late. May You grant sufficient insight to Your difficult people in order that they may come to understand speedily and in our day - how truly difficult they are, knowing they would surely turn from their difficult ways were they possessed of even the slightest bit of self-awareness. Open the hearts of these Your difficult people to feel compassion for the pain and stress which, sometimes by their actions and oftentimes by their mere demeanor, they have caused in my life, are causing in my life now, and without Your divine intervention seem inevitably ready to cause again. Open their eyes, O God, so that they may see the truth of the situation as You and I, O God, see it: that I am not fundamentally an unhappy person, and that my unhappiness therefore rests with them and with their O so difficult ways.

O God, Creator of difficult people, it has no doubt come to Your attention (through the prayers of others) in spite of all You know about my good heart, my good intentions, my good work, and my just overall basic goodness that I am myself at the moment considered a difficult person in the life of another one of Your creatures (maybe more; I didnt get the whole story). Putting aside for the moment the irony of that one, causing pain and suffering is, of course as You know, the last thing I would ever want to do. Help me therefore, O God, to no longer be the difficult person in someone elses life. Whether through my need to express myself, or my difficulty expressing myself; whether because of my tendency to criticize, or my need to say that everything is OK when its not; whether because I am perceived as expecting too much, or expecting too little; whether through my tendency toward compulsiveness, or toward inattentiveness; due to the way I express my anger, or to the way I express my love; whether because I never seem to be there, or because I always seem to be there; whether because of my need for orderliness, or my need for spontaneity; because I feel the need to be alone more these days, or because I feel a greater need to be with people; because I always want to talk, or because I never want to talk; because of the way I express my fear, or because of the way I express my desire. O God, Creator of difficult people, help me - knowing so very well how it feels - help me to not be the difficult person in someone elses life. - Rabbi Mark Sameth
Sep 24th 2013 new
Beautifully written and profoundly meaningful. Thanks for sharing it.
Sep 24th 2013 new
(quote) Rachel-731570 said: A Prayer for Difficult People

O God, Creator of difficult people, bless me with the strength, fortitude, wisdom and equanimity of spirit to deal with the difficult people You have placed in my life. Grant me the ability to see the next disaster well enough in advance to dodge, divert, or otherwise disable it before it happens, or at least to minimize its ill effects. May my buttons be hidden from view so that Your difficult people may not so easily press them next time as they have done so very well of late. May You grant sufficient insight to Your difficult people in order that they may come to understand speedily and in our day - how truly difficult they are, knowing they would surely turn from their difficult ways were they possessed of even the slightest bit of self-awareness. Open the hearts of these Your difficult people to feel compassion for the pain and stress which, sometimes by their actions and oftentimes by their mere demeanor, they have caused in my life, are causing in my life now, and without Your divine intervention seem inevitably ready to cause again. Open their eyes, O God, so that they may see the truth of the situation as You and I, O God, see it: that I am not fundamentally an unhappy person, and that my unhappiness therefore rests with them and with their O so difficult ways.

O God, Creator of difficult people, it has no doubt come to Your attention (through the prayers of others) in spite of all You know about my good heart, my good intentions, my good work, and my just overall basic goodness that I am myself at the moment considered a difficult person in the life of another one of Your creatures (maybe more; I didnt get the whole story). Putting aside for the moment the irony of that one, causing pain and suffering is, of course as You know, the last thing I would ever want to do. Help me therefore, O God, to no longer be the difficult person in someone elses life. Whether through my need to express myself, or my difficulty expressing myself; whether because of my tendency to criticize, or my need to say that everything is OK when its not; whether because I am perceived as expecting too much, or expecting too little; whether through my tendency toward compulsiveness, or toward inattentiveness; due to the way I express my anger, or to the way I express my love; whether because I never seem to be there, or because I always seem to be there; whether because of my need for orderliness, or my need for spontaneity; because I feel the need to be alone more these days, or because I feel a greater need to be with people; because I always want to talk, or because I never want to talk; because of the way I express my fear, or because of the way I express my desire. O God, Creator of difficult people, help me - knowing so very well how it feels - help me to not be the difficult person in someone elses life. - Rabbi Mark Sameth
Someone, anyone....how can I copy this, it would take me two years to type it all. We used to be able to copy great stuff like this.
Sep 24th 2013 new
send me your email address and I'll send it to you -- or do I have it already? hmm - checking
Sep 24th 2013 new
sent it to you!
Sep 24th 2013 new
(quote) Tom-54311 said: Someone, anyone....how can I copy this, it would take me two years to type it all. We used to be able to copy great stuff like this.
Tom, not sure what kind of device you may be using to view the forums, if it is a Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop - you should be able to copy any and all information on the page by selecting it with your mouse. If it is a tablet then it may be a bit harder.
An android will allow you to tap and hold your finger on the text and bring up an option to select all - or move the cursor boundaries. Have never used an iPad enough to know the copy and paste options available to it.

I see that Rachel has already emailed you the text, but just thought I would help for future reference if you are having difficulty copying any text here in the forums.
Sep 24th 2013 new
(quote) Rachel-731570 said: A Prayer for Difficult People

O God, Creator of difficult people, bless me with the strength, fortitude, wisdom and equanimity of spirit to deal with the difficult people You have placed in my life. Grant me the ability to see the next disaster well enough in advance to dodge, divert, or otherwise disable it before it happens, or at least to minimize its ill effects. May my buttons be hidden from view so that Your difficult people may not so easily press them next time as they have done so very well of late. May You grant sufficient insight to Your difficult people in order that they may come to understand speedily and in our day - how truly difficult they are, knowing they would surely turn from their difficult ways were they possessed of even the slightest bit of self-awareness. Open the hearts of these Your difficult people to feel compassion for the pain and stress which, sometimes by their actions and oftentimes by their mere demeanor, they have caused in my life, are causing in my life now, and without Your divine intervention seem inevitably ready to cause again. Open their eyes, O God, so that they may see the truth of the situation as You and I, O God, see it: that I am not fundamentally an unhappy person, and that my unhappiness therefore rests with them and with their O so difficult ways.

O God, Creator of difficult people, it has no doubt come to Your attention (through the prayers of others) in spite of all You know about my good heart, my good intentions, my good work, and my just overall basic goodness that I am myself at the moment considered a difficult person in the life of another one of Your creatures (maybe more; I didnt get the whole story). Putting aside for the moment the irony of that one, causing pain and suffering is, of course as You know, the last thing I would ever want to do. Help me therefore, O God, to no longer be the difficult person in someone elses life. Whether through my need to express myself, or my difficulty expressing myself; whether because of my tendency to criticize, or my need to say that everything is OK when its not; whether because I am perceived as expecting too much, or expecting too little; whether through my tendency toward compulsiveness, or toward inattentiveness; due to the way I express my anger, or to the way I express my love; whether because I never seem to be there, or because I always seem to be there; whether because of my need for orderliness, or my need for spontaneity; because I feel the need to be alone more these days, or because I feel a greater need to be with people; because I always want to talk, or because I never want to talk; because of the way I express my fear, or because of the way I express my desire. O God, Creator of difficult people, help me - knowing so very well how it feels - help me to not be the difficult person in someone elses life. - Rabbi Mark Sameth
God bless you........... as I need this daily.

[maybe, I'm not saint also, obviously]
Sep 24th 2013 new
Wow, we can now copy text here in the forums! The CM wonks must have corrected that. Everyone should read the second paragraph before beginning a new relationship. If we cannot see our own flaws, ask a very good friend. If we really want the truth about ourselves, ask a small child who knows us well!
Sep 24th 2013 new
(quote) Rachel-731570 said: sent it to you!
Thanks again, Rachel.
Sep 24th 2013 new
(quote) Dave-976637 said: Tom, not sure what kind of device you may be using to view the forums, if it is a Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop - you should be able to copy any and all information on the page by selecting it with your mouse. If it is a tablet then it may be a bit harder.
An android will allow you to tap and hold your finger on the text and bring up an option to select all - or move the cursor boundaries. Have never used an iPad enough to know the copy and paste options available to it.

I see that Rachel has already emailed you the text, but just thought I would help for future reference if you are having difficulty copying any text here in the forums.
Thanks, Dave, I think I figured it out.
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