I saw this on Pinterest and it hit home. I aim to do this every moment of every day. Last week, this made me think of an incident at work. Apparently, two women thought I was being rude for not saying excuse me. They were not in my way and I had enough room to do what I had to do. I didn't see a need to say excuse me. I almost bumped into one of the women's things, which I said, "I'm sorry" for (it's a tight space in the locker room). They proceeded to complain about a girl who had "no home training" and who was extremely rude. I realized that they were talking about me in front of me! I looked at both of them, bit my tongue and walked away.
I thought they were extremely rude and should have said something directly to me in a nice way or just stayed quiet. But I cannot control what others do. I only can control what I do. So instead of saying something in anger, I took a breath and stayed quiet.
I knew if I said something, it wouldn't have come out in a nice way. Staying quiet was the best decision and sometimes is the only way.
Have you experienced this lately?
"Keep Moving Forward"