We make decisions based on the information we have at the time. If we assume that everyone is making the best decision that they can with the information they have, I believe it enriches our own lives and probably the lives of those around us.
I was reminded of this recently.
When we were first told to wear face masks in light of the new coronavirus when out in public, I could not understand why so many people were wearing them in the car. I would walk around and see people driving by with their face masks on.
Why didn’t they just put it on when they got to where they were going I wondered?
I didn’t like this change. I didn’t want to have to wear a face mask and didn’t want to see others wearing one. I let it bother me even though it was none of my business whether they were wearing their face masks in the car or not.
When I got my own mask, I realized that I had to put it on at home so I could get it on right. I also heard advice that we put it on before leaving the home so that we are not touching it except once when we take it off.
In other words, these people all had good reasons that later became clear to me.
It would have been better had I not worried about it at all and assumed that they had a good reason.
This was a great reminder that people do things for good reasons and more importantly that it does me no good to judge. My frustration didn’t help anyone and actually hurt myself because of the negative feelings I harbored inside.