The Buddha says that every human suffers until they have awakened…
Much of the suffering in our lives exist, less so because of the circumstances, but because of the commentary we have about our lives. We have a certain narrative about it and then we say, “this is my life!”
I was just listening to Brene Brown yesterday sharing a story about how she was asking people in her research “do you believe that, in general, everyone is doing the best they can?” She asked her husband the same question, and after thinking about it for some time he said, “I really thought about it, and I have no idea. But what I do know is that my life is better when I assume that they are.”
Can you imagine that even the person that drives you most insane in your life might be doing the best that they can? Are you doing the best you can given your inner tools, resources, level of energy versus exhaustion, current knowledge and emotional capacity? Would everyone else in the world know that?