Unfortunately this is also the time of year when we encounter people who are rude. A way of blessing them is to take a step back and remind ourselves that what that person did is not about us, but simply a “spill-over” from something hurtful going on in their personal lives. Why would we want to add to their burden by being rude in return?
Instead we can offer a blessing by being patient, understanding and tolerant. If the rudeness continues, we give a blessing to ourselves by stepping away.
The beautiful thing about blessings is they are not just for special occasions, but every day of the year and if we start practicing now maybe by the time the new year rolls around, we'll have acquired a new habit.
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.