Friday, October 5, 2012

We All Need Warning Labels

I was thinking the other day that it would be nice if people had warning signs that they are having a rough time.  Something like a little text bubble above their head.   Commuting in NYC can often be frustrating as commuters take out their frustration on you.  I find that my "christianity" is questioned the most during those commuting hours.  I lose all sense of grace and patience as I am cut off, pushed aside, run into, etc.  On Tuesday I was processing my own bad news and this time, I wanted others to have grace with me as I clumsily got on the train. As I was unaware that I backed into them with my bag.  

I think if had a short glimpse into the lives of the people around us, we'd be slower to judge, criticize, and complain.  We'd have more grace.  We all have tough days.  Some more than others.  

Made me stop and think. As the commuters were wearing me down, maybe they were warn down already.  The same goes for the people closer to us, like our co-workers, friends and family.  Maybe there are things going on that we don't know about. Helps give me perspective as I feel stepped on... literally and figuratively.


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  1. I love this! I think people would be so much nicer to eachother if they knew what was going on inside!

    Thrift and Shout

  2. Reminds me of a quote that I love...
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~ Plato

  3. This is SO true and I do try my best to think about that. I often think of this but have struggled actually sticking with it and trying to treat others as if they were having a rough time, etc. Obviously not everyone does have horrible issues, etc. but everyone is fighting their own battle. I'm not the nicest person in the world, but I am definitely trying to be better. {I'm not a monster either!!!!} You never know what people have going on in their own lives .... !!!!

  4. Your post brought tears to my eyes. How often I wished people would take it easy on me. Only if they could see my deepest thoughts, hurts, and pains. As I write this I realize I, too, need to step back and truly see those around me. Excellent post...thanks!

  5. I agree. It's a good frame of mind to treat others with respect because you have no idea what they could be going through. Shoe on the other foot. This is a great reminder!

  6. This post is great! Thank you for this!

  7. Sometimes I have to remind myself of this! It's part of a nurse's job though to not take things personally and to always have a smile for our patients! I will say that sometimes that is harder than doing the actual nurse's job!

  8. What a good post - I totally agree. I often feel like I should have a sign at my office to broadcast how I'm feeling during the day. Maybe we should all where "Hello my name is..." tags and write out our feelings.


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