Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Be patient with the faults of others; they have to be patient with yours.
— Our Daily Bread
How do we feel when someone we know makes a mistake? What happens when the boss makes an error and we have to work overtime to straighten it out? How do we feel when a cashier overcharges us, the post office loses our package, or the mechanic doesn’t fix a problem?
Most of us become angry. Since we have been brought up from childhood to believe we are victims, it seems only natural in adult life to feel the same way. We imagine all those people had it in for us; they were all in league somehow to make us suffer.
But everybody makes mistakes. Who among us is perfect? We have made many mistakes in our lives that have probably brought inconveniences to others. If we can learn to treat the faults of others with patience and understanding instead of anger and resentment, we may find others treating us accordingly.
I can overlook the mistakes of others as I would want them to over look mine.
You are reading from the book:
Night Light by Amy E. Dean. © 1986, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation