Don’t interpret.

Please reflect and share. How does this play out for you?

Sometimes others’ actions aren’t what we wished or expected. This can be puzzling or frustrating. What were they thinking? It just doesn’t make sense.

We may tie ourselves in knots trying to understand their motivations. And we never will understand. We have an incomplete data set. We don’t really know what is going on in their minds and hearts. We make suppositions based on our own thoughts. And our assumptions are almost never helpful.

Today’s message asks me to give up trying to understand others’ behavior. It’s a fruitless endeavor which will only perturb me and waste time. I can either choose to accept the situation or not. What I can control are my own thoughts and reactions around what’s happening. Peace of mind is a more constant companion when I don’t try to interpret others.

How about you? Do you feel the need to understand the behavior of others?