Remember everyone has a story. The person who cut you off on the highway may be a road-raged lunatic or could be a person in desperate need to get somewhere important on time. That person in line at the grocery store taking too long because they are using a real check instead of a debit or credit card, may have misplaced their card or maybe they just prefer checks.
We have to remember that all people have a story, just like we have one also. Sometimes we just happen to catch people on their off day. Imagine one of your own “off” days; one of those days when everything seems to be going wrong, including your attitude. What if you met you on that particular day?
My younger sister once said to me, after I cursed at another driver for braking too much and driving too slow, “you don’t know that person’s story, maybe they are lost, maybe they don’t feel well today, maybe they’re not themselves today.” I always try to think of this conversation when someone is rude to me or annoying me that I have just met. I don’t know their story.
Granted, there are some real terrible, miserable people out there that only care about themselves, but in general let’s give people the benefit of the doubt. I want the benefit of the doubt.
Remember this next time you’re annoyed by a stranger or irritated by bad customer service that everyone has a story and to be patient with your fellow human. 🙂