the unknown


It’s yet another reason to be compassionate – we don’t know what’s going on in someone else’s life – and sometimes we are quick to judge without knowing the full story (and we may never know the full story)… so let’s take a moment to be compassionate to that annoyingly bitter co-worker; to the angry man I just passed on the stairs or the smelly girl who’s begging in the street; to the odd lady across the road or that chap at the supermarket who never makes eye contact let alone conversation…

Everyone has a story – and it’s their story to share or not share. And if I knew their story, I might show more kindness, be more understanding, allow myself to feel compassion.

So maybe it’s time to give others the benefit of the doubt, time to choose compassion – because everyone has their secrets; everyone has a story -the depths of which, the hurts and pains, the secret sorrows, we’ll probably never know.


13 thoughts on “the unknown

  1. You’re right, we don’t know what’s going on in someone else’s life. Sometimes the holidays seem to bring out the worst in people, but we don’t know what they’re going through. Holidays tend to bring out forgotten hurts. It’s never a waste to show compassion.


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