While walking with a friend the other day he greeted someone he knew who passed us. The greeting was not returned. To me it looked like a blatant ignoring of him. But what really touched me was my friend’s response. He turned to me and said, ” Someone must have made him very angry this morning.”
There was a total lack of defensiveness in him. He never felt angry or rejected. He didn’t feel his dignity had been impaired. Instead he simply chose to enter the world of the other trying to understand the person’s response from that person’s perspective. May sound simple and rather insignificant, but can you imagine if we were all that strong in ourselves when it came to our responses to others. It’ll change the world.