We constantly explain others’ behavior by making up stories about who they are and why they do what they do. Its much easier to think people are just plain idiots or jerks rather than people with scars, such as ourselves, who make mistakes or who are just trying to get by with limited courage, insight, or character-development.
I am not advocating naivete or letting others take advantage of us, but. since we are all making up stories anyway, why shouldn’t we try out the good ones before the bad ones?
I certainly appreciate that kind of mercy when I am a character in the story.
I challenge you to try. Let’s see how much less angst, anger, and frustration we can have just by starting with mercy in 2019.
(Modified original post from 2013)