Abraham Lincoln is reported to have said, “I┬ádon’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” What we perceive as someone’s annoying or untoward behavior usually makes more sense when we dig a little deeper into their life. If we had the same upbringing and conditioning, with the same strengths and weaknesses, we’d be like them. A little understanding of their circumstances makes an enormous difference in helping us see them with more compassion and kindness. It doesn’t mean we’ll automatically like them, but it will soften our judgment and…

Open our hearts.