Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Come on, Be Reasonable

Sometimes we expect too much. Sometimes we want what we want right now. Sometimes we don’t understand what people are thinking when they do what they do. That’s because, it seems, most people (including ourselves) have abandoned reason and logic for emotion and instant gratification. The problem with doing that is that we can never be happy. We expect more than is reasonable – of other people, of ourselves, of the world around us. We don’t try to walk in someone else’s shoes. We just react.

Being reasonable is part of growing up. When we were children, our brothers or sisters intentionally tried to push our buttons and irritate us. More often than not, it worked. But being mature means reasoning out just why that person pushed your button. It probably was not to irritate you (even though it feels the same as when we were kids). Be reasonable. Think through what is going on. Don’t just react. Come on, be reasonable.

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