Here is what I am pondering today:
People will let you down. People will tell you things and never follow through. People will anger you. People will disappoint you. People will be human. That’s right. Human. It hurts. I know, but learn to love them anyway. Because maybe, just maybe, you’ve let someone down. You’ve told somebody something and didn’t quite get around to doing what you said. You’ve angered someone. You’ve disappointed someone. I know, its shocking, but at some point in your life, you have done those things because you aren’t perfect either.
So when it happens to you, take three deep calming breaths. Pull yourself back from whatever emotion is running through your body and focus on something nice that person has done lately (I know you can find something if you try). Move beyond the emotion that threatened to overpower reason. Pull back just a little and look at the whole picture. Maybe they didn’t tell you their husband just lost his job…so they appear angry at you, but that’s because you were there at the time. Maybe they ask you a question, and no matter what is asked, you feel like it’s a personal attack. Why? Is it because you feel competitive around them or are you usually thinking something negative about them already?
Life is hard…but it’s harder when we constantly look for the bad. When we suspect enemies are hiding behind every face. What if, just for a moment, we embraced the human side of our acquaintances and only held ourselves accountable for our emotions and reactions. Hmmm. It’s really hard to do. I know it is, because it’s something I am constantly working on.