Wisdom of the Ages 349

Another contribution to the Wisdom of the Ages project arrived this morning from Mary Lou age 63 who lives in the USA, it reads:

I heard some time ago, “Better learn the lesson that’s being sent. Because if you don’t like it the first time, you sure won’t like it the second time it has to be sent!”

But time has taught me something else, when it comes to accepting others. Most people are doing the best they can. It is not fair to expect more of people than they can do, whether or not you would have done differently. They do not have your experiences (good or bad), and your information. Nor do you have theirs.

And when I hear my high school students gossiping, I ask them:

“Isn’t there enough trouble in the world?? Do we need to add more?” This perspective seems to work well for them–and for me!

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