At the cusp of the New Year, I came across the obituary of this Italian literature professor who immigrated to America and his philosophy on life which was to ‘be kind human beings more than I wanted them to know about Dante.’ In particular, the article points out his suggestion on how to respond to rude behavior, which is: in a ‘calm and constructive manner’, to ‘state the problem, explain how it affected you and request change.’ What’s even more inspiring is that this man, with such an enriching approach to people he encountered in this life, also suffered from depression. (No excuses!)
I’ve heard similar advice in the past as how to confront people when you have been offended, and in the few times that I have had the courage to do it, I was able to reinforce a relationship which was going southward. I wish I had been able to do it more often.
I am thankful for this reminder, especially at the end of a crazy, busy (but positive!) year. I’ll try to take it forward with me into the new year. Have a good one!