With compassion, courage, and deep awareness, even the most difficult people (most assuredly those) can become our greatest teachers.
When we seek comfort from people who reflect only what we want to see, we are neglecting a deep seated need for our soul to heal itself. In essence we may be covering over potentially infected wounds with warm and fuzzy bandages.
We all want to feel comfortable, but discomfort is not without purpose. Pain is a signal. It is sent to force us into attention. Be it physical, or emotional, ignoring or masking pain is never prudent when it comes to improving our conditions.
If you find yourself suffering in relationship, embrace the opportunity to look deeply into what pain you are bringing to the equation. You can't heal what you won't see.
Be brave enough to look under your emotional rocks, dig them up, flip them over and grasp the juicy worms of truth that wriggle underneath.
These are the food for your awakening.
Give thanks to those who serve as rocks in your path. Where you stumble, you are being given an opportunity to find an aspect of your being that may be trapped and waiting to be unearthed.
"Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know." -Pema Chodron