None of us are angels. We are flawed humans that don’t always behave as we should. So how can we recover when we’ve been jerks?
Don’t assume you know who someone is. Don’t assume you know why they are acting the way they are. Give people a chance. Let them surprise you with their kindness.
This approach – not control – but help – works. It’s compassionate. It’s humane. It’s science based. And we need to start being more intentional in what we teach and how we teach it.
Congratulations. You made it through another year. If you are making resolutions, let me suggest one. Be more kind. Be more helpful and be more grateful.