Respond to yourself.

Our interactions with others are occasionally tense. Often, there is frustration on both sides. We’re unamused and it shows in our communications.

Our frustration is often self-generated. We may have expectations that aren’t met. Or we may be projecting emotions about ourselves onto the other person. Either way, the feeling that things aren’t as we might wish starts within us.

That doesn’t mean that others may not need to compromise with us to reach an understanding. It does suggest that it’s likely useful to clear out our own issues before trying to address those we have with others.

Today’s message invites me to respond to others as I might wish to respond kindly to myself. When I have dealt with my own feelings about myself, I’ll be in a better state in which to handle any remaining tension with others.

Please reflect and share. What generates your tension with others?