|via Mary Ruffle|
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
I was having a conversation with someone, sharing with them something that was a bit more on the personal side. I was consciously making an effort to put myself out there with this certain person in hopes that we could graduate to a level of conversation that was more than superficial.
Well, the conversation, while it did not go badly, it also did not go well. I walked away feeling a stung by her response. It bothered me all weekend until it dawned on my that her response was not really about me at all. It was more about her and justifying her own experiences and current emotions. Instead of being angry or hurt, I became a lot more compassionate about the whole situation.
I am someone who tends to wear my battles/emotions on my sleeve. But not everyone is built that way. This quote is a sweet reminder to me to be a less quick to judge and more likely to forgive and/or understand. Some day I hope to master that art, but until then I will keep this quote brewing in my head.