Relationships can be difficult. Whether they are with siblings, friends, parents, children, spouses or coworkers—all can be a bit much at times. As we deal with disagreements, misunderstandings, conflicting personalities and agendas, it can be easy to let anger, discouragement and apathy into our lives. I have heard many people express such feelings towards the very idea of people in general, letting past unpleasant experiences define everyone they will ever meet. This is the attitude that we must rid ourselves of.
People are such complex, wonderful creatures. We must always remind ourselves of this, whether meeting someone new or interacting with someone on a daily basis. It’s time to let go of the hesitations, the bitterness, the assumptions. We are social creatures, and the relationships that we create and contribute to give our lives their deeper meaning. So be kind; be gentle; be positive. People will notice.