Sometimes we’re missed – misunderstood, misportrayed, and misjudged in the eyes of others. And as much as we want to correct the record, the life we live is often our best defense. Our life speaks for us.
We all make assumptions and rash judgments about others. Right or wrong, this is simply how we navigate the complex world of human interactions.
But hopefully, while this is our tendency, we’re also open for our perspectives to be challenged and changed.
Harm is done when our opinions are so rigid we’re unwilling to accept new or different points of view.
And this is particularly hard when we’re on the receiving end of someone’s unfair and inaccurate opinion of us.
Our natural reaction is to correct the assumption made about us. But unfortunately we often do this in a way that criticizes and demeans the other.
We become defensive and the other digs in their heels – solidifying their ill-informed opinion of us.
The more we try to get them to change their minds, the more they remain closed-minded.
A better approach is letting our life speak for us.
This is a longer game that doesn’t always give us immediate satisfaction, but truth has a way of coming out eventually.
As we consistently show up with the best version of ourselves, those who are open and honest will accept and not deny the truth of our character.
And if someone will not believe the truth of the very life we live, they will not soon be convicted by our many words.
Certainly we can seek to explain ourselves to those willing to listen, but we don’t have to desperately try to prove ourselves to someone unwilling or unable to hear.
Let your life speak for you – come what may.