We notice when someone misses a deadline or is late for an appointment. We create social contracts, invisible agreements with only our word that we will deliver.
What we don’t see is what is happening behind the scenes.
Someone working multiple jobs to get ahead, relationship struggles, debt, opportunity, belief in oneself–we only assume.
My theory is we assume the worst out of people when it is more inconvenient on our part. Meaning it is easy to be compassionate towards others when it doesn’t directly affect us. Much harder to give the benefit of the doubt to someone when we feel the discomfort of someone dropping the ball.