There are some shoes I would never want to walk in, some that are much too big for me to entertain filling, but then, there are some each of us need to step into. It is amazing what you can learn and how you can so easily change your perspective when you just take a moment to see things from someone else’s viewpoint. In a moment you can go from angry to understanding. In this day and age, I think it is so much easier to just get mad and judge rather than put forth the effort to really try and view things from the other side.
I am guilty of it. I am 100% guilty of just rambling something out of anger instead of taking a moment to coherently discuss something with someone and try to gain a different viewpoint. Why? Because it is easy. It is simple to blame someone else and say they are wrong, rather than to really listen and perhaps find out that we are the ones who are wrong. Who likes to be wrong? No one.
Without going into specifics, I contacted someone out of anger who had contacted someone I care about out of anger and then had contacted me. Was it right on either of our parts? Nope, but we are human and reacting out of anger is a common mistake. One we all make. Later that night I wrote and apology and this morning I received a calm response back too. While I still do not agree with some things that are said, I was able to take a step back and objectively see a different side of the situation.
So, this is just a reminder that before you act out of anger, stop and try to take a second look from the other side. Imagine how much better the world would be if we all took short walks in those other shoes.