Sometimes the things we perceive about others, are not always as they seem. Sometimes, the things others perceive about us, are not always as they seem.
So, do we just have misguided perceptions?
Perceptions are merely, one's point of view.
While we "think" about the motives of others, we tend not to "think" about how others perceive our actions.
The old saying goes.......... "actions speak louder than words" may be true for some, but I also think what comes out of our mouths, comes from within.....
"What's in the well, will come up in the bucket!"
We've all stuck our foot in our mouths......from time to time.... intentional....or not. Don't you want a pass for your slip up? Don't others deserve the same pass from us as well.
My mantra is this: Think the best about a person, FIRST.... not the WORST.
Wouldn't you want others to give you the benefit of the doubt? Wouldn't you want a DO-OVER?
Follows the golden rule: Do unto other as you would have them do unto you? Even with our perceptions.
Ultimately, the opinions of others do not define us. BECAUSE...
"For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God." 1 Corninthians 2:11