Lately I've found myself wanting to just tell people, "Give me a break my husband has cancer". I don't normally want to say this at convenient times like when I'm having coffee with a close friend. Rather I find myself wanting to tell the pharmacist who treats me like I'm a hassle or my colleague who wants something impossible done by Tuesday or the client who gets upset when I have to move a meeting because my husband had to move his chemotherapy.
Somewhere in the last few weeks I found this quote:
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
- Author unknown
It made me realize that the same way I'm feeling fragile, like I need to be treated gently, other people are feeling that too for all kinds of personal reasons. I also realized that I can make their lives easier simply by being kind, kinder than necessary.
Why do you need a to be given a break?