give-them-the-benefit-ofMaybe they didn’t mean to hurt you.

Perhaps they weren’t talking about you behind your back.

Maybe their intentions are nobler than they seem.

Perhaps they’re trying, but struggling to make progress.

It’s hard sometimes to guess the intention of the words and actions of others, but I find that I get better outcomes with the people around me when I assume the best in them.

Give them the benefit of the doubt.

And hopefully they’ll do the same for you.