I got annoyed with someone this weekend when they seemed to be letting down a friend of mine. I labelled them inconsiderate, rude and unworthy of this friend’s time.
Then I remembered that you never know.
You never know what’s happening in someone else’s life. You never know what pain they might be in. What frustrations they might be experiencing. Or what pressure they might be under.
And it is the easiest thing in the world to forget all of this and just judge.
But God knows I’ve been on the receiving end of that enough recently. And really I should know better.
So I’ll take them back, my negative thoughts. And instead I’ll practise compassion, reaching out to say ‘are you ok?’.