The knowledge that everyone is really doing the best they can even though my judgmental mind may try to tell me something else. I usually don’t have any idea what a person has gone through or what challenges they may be facing in life.
Even if they are grumpy or angry I try as much as possible to offer them kindness, at least silently.
One day on a busy street, with challenging parking, a woman came out very angry and appeared afraid that I was going to park too close to her driveway. My natural impulse was to respond in kind, but I was able just to take a mindful moment and wish her a lovely day and assure her that I would not block her driveway.
I felt so much better than if I had spewed back negativity.
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