“Tread lightly in the lives of others for you don’t know what pain is in their heart.” – I wish I could remember the actual quote but that’s the gist of it. As I glanced down at my phone to see who had sent the text I heard come in, I tried to adjust my course to avoid a couple carrying two small children across my path. Instead we both veered and ended up doing the two step. Instead of smirking like I did, the response was a hostile “watch where you’re going!” as they continued to the store. After a couple of kinda rough days, this really didn’t sit well with me. What if the text I was looking at was about something bad? What if they had said that to someone in a fragile emotional state? What if it was the last straw that broke them? We can’t know what’s going on in the lives of strangers. We rarely know what’s really going on in the lives of those we’re close to. Would it have killed them to show a little understanding and patience? So much for today being a day of love.
And this is why I like animals.
Oh. What was my response to this?? Well after a snarky retort of “sorry, did you have to take an extra step?” I finished my grocery shopping then went to Tim Horton’s and paid for the order for the person behind me in the drive through.