In the age of social media, it’s easy to look at peoples’ carefully curated lives online, and believe that their lives are going amazingly well, but it’s always important to remember that everyone is struggling with something.
Maybe they have family members who are ill, maybe they dislike their jobs, or maybe their marriage isn’t as rosy at it seems.
I say this not to bring you down but to ask you to remember to be kind to other people.
If somebody snaps at you too quickly, is quick to judge, or just isn’t very friendly, ask yourself what may be going on in their lives that causes them to be that way… And if that person is a colleague, a friend or a partner — ask if you can help.
And if the grumpy one is you, take a hard look at why, and if you can, make changes in your life that help you be happier.
The author Jon Gordon, somebody I look to for inspiration, recently announced he was suffering from some medical issues. His point in telling his readers about it was not to complain, but to underline this point: While we may not be able to control our circumstances, we can control our response to them.
It’s an important lesson to remember, and one I hope you carry with you this week.