One of the most difficult lessons to learn and remember is everybody has their own stuff. Their own lens through which they’re viewing their day and each moment and what they’re doing with it.
You can’t always stop and take the time to write a thesis on everyone’s stuff, but it’s not too much work to consider, in every encounter, that their lens might be a little different than our own.
The possibilities are endless. You can’t guess. The only answer then is a sort of blanket compassion – an attitude that says, “where you’re coming from – that lens through which you’re viewing the world that makes you do what you do and think what you think – is totally valid.”