Give people the benefit of the doubt.
Today’s reading very quickly reminded me of my father. When he was confronted with someone else’s anger, undue stubbornness, or rudeness, he would always first make an allowance for them before judging. After being cut off in traffic or not greeted by a shopkeeper, he would say to me “maybe they’re just having a bad day- you never know what could’ve happened already, you don’t know what they’re dealing with.” I tend to carry this with me now much more then when I was younger. I am much more forgiving, having had plenty of bad days and reacting poorly over the years. When I take time to assess the situation, I always make allowances for someone’s bad day before I pass judgment. It makes me happier in the long run as well, not believing that people are purposefully trying to do me wrong. If you get that stuck in your head, believing the whole world is out to get you, it’s hard to tell which way is up. #thedailystoic #swipeforadog #stoicism #remember #callmewhenyougetapuppy #dontbeadick #thinkthinkthink
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