- Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
When I walked out of a hotel in Atlanta last week, I saw this SUV parked in a compact car parking spot:
The note taped to the hood read:
We've all had thoughts similar (well, I have anyway). Where does this dork get off parking in a spot reserved for a smaller car? That person walking into the mall - why does he/she merit a handicapped license plate? Is that person in the grocery store just ahead of me really buying a steak with food stamps? Why does the kid wearing $100 sneakers qualify for a reduced price school lunch? Isn't that paper too good not to be plagiarized?
As I thought about the note on the car above, I could easily imagine a dozen reasons a person might squeeze a big vehicle into a small spot in order to be close to the door. Sick kid? Bad foot? Late for important meeting? Big load to carry into the hotel? Great-grandma came along? Only spot in the ramp left? Permission from management?
Or it could just be cussed laziness. Point is, why should we assume bad intentions? Why not assume good reasons?
Seems we do this as a species a lot, especially with students. Presume guilt instead of innocence. Forget Hanlon's Razor (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.) when somebody screws up.
Lighten up. Presume innocence, stupidity, and often a rational explanation. You'll be happier with the human race - and yourself.