A Leopard Doesn't Change Its Spots
"When people tell you who they are, believe them." ~ Maya Angelou
The lesson is LISTEN! A leopard doesn't change its spots. Good or bad, people reveal themselves to us in all different ways. Their actions, words, silence, indifference, and deeds tell us everything we need to know about them. Sometimes the message is wonderful, and other times, it is disappointing. Either way, opening your eyes and more importantly, your ears, can save you from wasting time (perhaps years) and energy on the wrong people in your life.
Choose wisely, their story is right in front of you...hear it and believe it. Spend your time and energy on the special people whose stories enhance your own.
Do you agree? Have you had a "leopard" in your life that did change its spots for the better? Tell us about it.
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@Donna Maria: Thank you. The fall season is a good time to begin evaluating what is working in ones life. This applies to the people we encounter. You are right Donna Maria, "giving back" is important. And your comment has me thinking about how to clear the decks so we see the people that enhance us.
Readers, use "giving back" as a test to "hear" who people are. Notice if you are the one who is always giving in a relationship (business or personal), then hear what this person is telling you -- he/she is a TAKER. It should be loud and clear if this is the "fill in the blank" # of times you have noticed it...make a point to let it be the last time. And don't feel bad about it!
Posted by: Luci Weston | September 2009 at 02:11 PM
I love this quick but powerful reminder of how important it is to connect with people who have the ability to help you as you also help them. I love being able to "give back," and I think that's important. But when it comes to collaborating and affiliating, I agree with you that it's important to behave as you describe. I like the way you put it -- invest in people whose stories enhance your own.
That is so well put! Thank you!
Posted by: Donna Maria Coles Johnson | September 2009 at 01:20 PM