It’s easy to be angry. It’s easy to get riled up and mutter or to make rude gestures and swear. It isn’t so easy to be forgiving. And I’m not talking about turning the other check here or any of that stuff. I’m talking about seeing it from the other person’s point of view. And being forgiving.

Being forgiving doesn’t mean we have to be pushed around or put up with nonsense. We can stand our ground and say, ‘Sorry, I don’t need to take that, but we can also attempt to forgive because we can see it from the other person’s perspective.

Maybe the word is tolerant rather than forgiving. But either way, we don’t have to mistake forgiveness or tolerance or whatever with meekness. Just bear in mind that anyone you come into contact with who hacks you off may have had an awful time before they got to you.

Notes from Rules of Life by Richard Templar.