Don't Take Everything Personally

It is difficult to remember that everyone is fighting their own life battle. Not every interaction you experience with another human is about you. Harsh tones, over reactions, irritability and awkward glances are symptoms of discontent. We all experience pain and intense emotions. Sometimes the negative emotions of others leak out of them and onto you without your provocation. Like a dam that breaks due to unstoppable water pressure. Next time you receive a harsh tone from the store clerk when you ask for cash back, glare from a teacher after asking a question or a snippy email response from a co worker remember they have sections of their life you know nothing about. They may be struggling with the death of a loved one, bankruptcy, eviction, abuse or chronic pain. Don’t take everything personally.