We meet people everyday and it is easy to look at them as if they are ‘just another person.’ What we seem to forget however, is that every person has a story. No one is ordinary.
Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours. ~ unknown
When we see people as ordinary, then we fail to understand them. As a result, we tend to be critical of their choices, words and actions. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never truly know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”
We like to say, “If I were them then I would…” But, how do we know what we would do if we were them? We don’t. We’re not them.
First impressions can sometimes be the worst. Not everyone leaves a good first impression. They may be dealing with the pain of losing a loved one, or having recently been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Or, they could simply be having a bad day. We’ve all had those, and if people were to meet us on those days, would we have a left a good first impression?
Everyone has a current situation that they are facing. No one’s life is perfect. Recently, I wrote about a woman’s poor treatment toward a cashier at a local store. Why did the lady behave the way she did? It’s easy to say that she was just being rude. She really was, but why was she being rude?
Could it be that she was going through something in her life? Something that was weighing so heavy on her, that she couldn’t seem to separate herself from it when dealing with others face to face?
Sometimes the situations we endure are too difficult to escape, and without intending to we share that pain with others.
Since we don’t know everyone’s story and we haven’t walked a mile in their shoes, then they should be given a fair chance. We should have compassion and understanding toward others. If we take the time to try understand them, then we may find that there is much more to them than what we first saw.
We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer. ~ unknown