In the end we are all fighting the same battle.

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Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate

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Sometimes it can seem like everyone's out to get you. There's the person in traffic who refuses to let you into his lane. The customer service representative who rushes you off the phone without helping even a little. The friend who didn't tell you the whole story; or never gave you a chance to speak up and just left you hanging all together, which left you feeling hurt.

We've all met these people. We've also been these people. We all have days when we're not as considerate, helpful, or honest as we'd like to be.

Sometimes it's because we're rushed. Other times it's because we're tired and irritable. And other times it's because we're hurting emotionally and maybe we've yet to really acknowledge and deal with it. Maybe we don't think we can, and so we let it fester inside while we go through our day, feeling hopeless, trapped, and alone in our sadness.

If you come across someone who gets on your nerves, or doesn't treat you with the same consideration and honesty you have treated them, consider that maybe underneath their rudeness or insensitivity is a pain that's yet to be healed. It doesn't excuse or justify their actions, and it doesn't mean you shouldn't stand up for yourself when necessary, or even, in some cases, make the decision to walk away from that relationship or contact all together.

But it may make it easier to feel a tad of compassion. I don't know about you, but on days when I am hurting, that's what I want and need: a friendly face that says, "I understand, and I do really care."

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Christine Donovan
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Noemi - That's certainly another way of looking at it rather than just becoming frustrated and irritated.

April 17, 2011 09:35 PM
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Sandy Acevedo
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This is excellent advice and sometimes very hard to do. But when it works out well, you feel oh so much better. Thanks for the inspiration.

April 17, 2011 11:31 PM
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Doug Bullwinkel
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You never know what someone else is going through when you meet them out there in the world.  We all need to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, at least until they show us who they really are.

April 18, 2011 03:16 AM
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Pamela Seley, REALTOR®
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Noemi, I'm not perfect and have had my share of bad moments. Having compassion is not always easy, but something we should all strive for.  Especially when times are tough for everyone, it's better to step back and let the person be. If they're just having a bad day, they'll come back around. Some, however, are always that way and nothing will change that, except if they choose to.

April 18, 2011 11:47 AM
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Lucille Botos
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Very well said Noemi.  Its amazing how much we can endure from other people when we exercise compassion and remember that we don't know what might be going on in their lives. 

April 20, 2011 11:42 AM
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