Everyone we encounter can be our teacher if we are open to the possibilities they present. A dominating boss or demanding partner can provide the opportunity to develop skillful means for negotiating difficult situations. Talkative co-workers or friends who waste our time can teach us how to practice silence and to disengage from conversation that does not serve us. To cultivate our ability to say “no” without malice or anger opens new pathways for growth. I encourage you to farm these situations so your harvest will be bountiful.