Recently there was a misunderstanding between Maggie and a Police Officer at Starbucks.
It went a little something like this.
She thought it was an invitation to a career in law enforcement and call to action.
Of the citizens arrest kind.
After a long conversation about the officers intentions and the downside to making arrests on the playground… she finally understood that the sticker, was just that, a sticker.
How often these misunderstandings happen. Although as adults they are less about a sticker…
and more over a funny look…
Can you imagine the mental energy we would save if we didn’t read into the actions or words of others?
I could reclaim a greater part of the 80s and 90s. For sure.
Gracious Living is having the confidence in ourselves and grace with others to not make more of situations. Most of the time, the funny look we get from someone else is more about something going on in his/her life and less about how they feel about our shoes.
Life is too short to spend it reading into the actions of others, especially when we have far too much to do to make the world a better place. And I’m not referring to making citizens arrests.