Sad. Not mad…

I learned an important lesson the other day …

I went into a woman’s clothing store with Fergus to inquire about some store fixtures they had for sale. The woman behind the counter looked at me and then Fergus and made a bitchy face that immediately put me in a bad mood.

The conversation inside my head went something like this “What’s that bitch’s problem? I’m holding Fergus. He’s not getting in the way. She must hate animals… I don’t like anyone who doesn’t like dogs.”

I stood and waited for her help me and I noticed she kept glaring at Fergus so I smiled a passive aggressive smile and asked about the store fixtures that were for sale.

She shook her head and said “I’m sorry. I’m very distracted by your dog. He looks just like my dog and I had to put him to sleep yesterday.”


She started weeping. I started weeping. I handed Fergus to her and they shared a heartfelt snuggle together. My heart filled to the brim with compassion for her …

My new years resolution is to not jump to conclusions … but rather when I feel myself making up a crazy story in my head about what the other person may be doing or thinking – I will instead wait things out and find out what’s really going on.

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3 Responses to Sad. Not mad…

  1. Bear Walker says:

    Wow. Good point. I think we all need to keep in mind, we don’t know what the other person is going through. Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Lydia Brittany says:


  3. Silvia says:

    Wow. So true. So true. Why is it we tend to jump to *negative* conclusions?

    Thanks for sharing.

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