You Have No Idea

One thing we do as humans far too often is to assume someone’s disposition. Some examples:

-Assuming the guy who just cut you off in traffic is an asshole and did it on purpose.

-Thinking the scatterbrained woman who can’t place her order is senile and shouldn’t leave her house.

-Assuming that the girl who didn’t hold the door was a bitch who doesn’t care about anyone but herself.

These are some things that people may assume about others, and there are many more. We do this every day. It is human. It is easy to assume that people are evil or that they don’t care. But think about this… when you cut someone off in traffic, do you do it on purpose? Was it an accident? Did you even see them?

When you are having a terrible day, and can’t think straight enough to order your coffee, do you hope and pray that the cashier will understand? As humans, we automatically assume other people’s dispositions, instead of wondering what their situation is. Maybe the guy who cut you off didn’t see you, or he just found out his wife was in a car accident… Maybe the girl who didn’t hold the door didn’t see you, or maybe her arms were full.

Give this a try… you might find yourself less frustrated with others, and more contemplating where they are coming from, or what they are going through at this moment… you may only hope that others would do the same for you.

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