For my marriage.
And for me.
I led a pretty charmed life.
Nothing terribly tragic happened to me.
When I worked hard at something, I usually ended up being successful.
I took SO much for granted.
And I didn’t stop to think about things from others perspectives.
I probably thought I did but I didn’t have the life experience to truly “get” it.
Now if someone cuts me off while driving, I think to myself, “maybe they have a sick parent at home they need to care for.”
If someone is grumpy at their job, I think to myself “maybe they just lost a beloved pet.”
If someone says something rude, I think to myself “he/she is doing the best they can.”
If someone’s shoes don’t match and they are disheveled, I think to myself “maybe they have a newborn and a toddler at home and have just managed to get out of the house.”
I try to smile at the person in question whenever possible and I try not to judge.
It’s not up to me to fix or understand whatever is going on, but I can offer an understanding look or a knowing glance that can make someone feel like they aren’t alone.
It’s what most of us want and need anyway. To feel like we are connected and to feel like someone sees us and understands what we are going through.
It may not be easier to be humble and kind in certain situations but it will definitely be more memorable and have a lasting impact!
Not everything happens for a reason. But in everything that happens, there can be a reason to bring hope and healing to others. God can use our pain for a greater good if we choose to let Him in. ~Christine Suban