Treating people the way I would like to be treated doesn’t necessarily contradict #1 – it all depends on the circumstances.
Though I am usually a very patient person, I do find myself getting more frustrated these days when I’ve got lots to do and everyone around me seems to be as slow as molasses. So I’ve started taking a few deep breaths and making a bigger efort to put myself in the other person’s shoes more often.
The driver who dangerously cut in front of me? Maybe no one else gave them a break and they got frustrated. Okay, let it go.
That person chatting up the bank teller who is taking his sweet old time? Maybe they have no family and that’s the only face-to-face conversation they will have for the entire week.
That tourist asking you for directions when you’re late for work? Remember how grateful you are when you need help in a strange city.
Thinking about how I would feel in the same situation makes a difference and puts me in a better state of mind.
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