"Don't take it personally" ...How?
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It's easy to take things personally when we feel hurt or disrespected, but it's important to remember that other people's actions and words often have more to do with them than they do with us.
This can be especially true when it comes to strangers or casual acquaintances, who may be dealing with their own issues or prejudices that have nothing to do with us.
Giving the benefit of the doubt
One way to avoid taking things personally is to give others the benefit of the doubt.
For example, if someone doesn't hold the door for us when we're walking into a store, we might assume that they didn't see us or that they're having a bad day, rather than jumping to the conclusion that they're rude or disrespectful.
Another way to avoid taking things personally is to recognize that other people's actions and words often reflect their own thoughts and opinions, rather than our own worth as a person.
If someone says or does something that seems to be directed at us, it's important to remember that it's not necessarily about us and that it's okay to feel pity for someone who has hate in their heart.
Protecting your headspace
Ultimately, not taking things personally is about finding a healthy balance between being open to other people's perspectives and being able to let go of things that don't serve us.
It's about recognizing that we are not responsible for other people's actions or words, and that it's okay to have our own thoughts and feelings without taking them too personally.
Instead of taking things personally, we can try to give others the benefit of the doubt, try to understand that they might be going through something, or even feel pity for them if they seem to have hate in their hearts.
It's not always easy to do this, but it can help us maintain a healthier outlook on life and our interactions with others.