I think of this idea a lot, especially when I am in a people-watching situation such as an airport concourse. We never know what is going on with another--maybe she just lost a loved one, maybe he just received a frightening diagnosis, or maybe she is simply having a rough day.
That said, it is often a challenge for me to feel kindly toward someone who is rude (see July 29 post). I take it personally, not a good practice, rather than chocking it up to a rough-day incident and letting it go with a blessing for the person.
Kindness is a practice--let's keep working on it!
|"We are all leaves of one tree."
Thich Nhat Hanh