1. You're not aware of everything that's going on in the lives of the people you know. If you did, you wouldn't be so critical. Yes, if you're close, you probably know a lot. But there's a lot they don't tell you. And every life journey is a personal, private mystery. This is true even of your immediate family and closest friends.
I guess this theme has been a persistent one in my blog posts...
A Rule for Relationships: Forgive the Small Things
Six Ways to Be Strong for Relationships
Saved Again by Humility, Tolerance and Forgiveness
My New Source for Humility and Forgiveness
The bottom line: Life challenges you every day, and don't you know it! Well, it challenges everybody. So exercise a little humility and give the people you care about a break! Don't expect so much of them.
The closer you are to someone, the greater the possibility for friction - and the more often you'll need to exercise forgiveness. When you feel resentment rising, let it go.
Post by Dennis E. Coates, Ph.D., Copyright 2011. Building Personal Strength .