When we hear a message over and over, whether it is from the same source, or multiple sources, our immediate ego reaction is to maybe get irritated, tune it out, try and ignore it. We may even actively start speaking against it.
When this happens, when we hear the same message repeated, it usually indicates that this would be an area of our lives that we should look at. We may have issues that need to be resolved that the message is trying to bring to our attention, but our ego doesn’t want to look at.
For example, there is a girl at work. She’s a little older than I am, and much of the outward appearances in our lives are quite similar. We both have similar schooling levels, we both have kids and grand-kids. She smokes, I used to. I recognize many of my old traits in her, and she has become an example to me of what I no longer choose to be.
For all the years I have known this person, working there or going in as a customer, I have never seen her take responsibility for her actions, and I often hear her making excuses for her behavior, and most of the drama at work originates with her. She is also the first person to denigrate someone else when they are not doing their job, or not behaving appropriately in her opinion.
Why do I use her as an example? Precisely because our backgrounds are similar. Because she is a reminder that I chose to not limit my education, or my knowledge, based on how much schooling I have. Because I see in her the small child that never grew up, and chooses not to. If I could help her, I would. I would love to see how far she could go, if she chose to do as she tells others to do.
The message here, is simply this. If you cannot help someone else, when they are repeating over and over the message they themselves need to hear, then pray for them, hope the best for them. But most of all, learn from them what they themselves will not allow themselves to learn. Because sometimes, even though they need the message, we need that message too.