I remind myself frequently, if not always intentionally, that I do not know the struggles others face. I am not privy to the personal challenges, the emotional tribulations, or the overwhelming depressions that might explain the behavior of other people. I know the private churning within me that I allow to bring out the worst in me; but I don’t see inside other people the way I see inside myself.

I realize my outward expression of internal angst can be unpleasant; not just for me, but for those who interact with me. And so, too, I suspect it is with the behavior of other people who, from time to time, I encounter. Behavior in others that seems irrational or unnecessarily confrontational can annoy me. But when I fight the inclination to condemn the person for the behavior, I get a glimpse at the person I would rather be than the person I usually am.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes "Intimacy is never wrong. It can be awkward, it can be unsettling, it can feel dangerous, it can seem out of place, but it’s never wrong."― John Swinburn
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