To most every person who encounters you, years of good you’ve done for others are irrelevant. What maters is that person’s experience of you. How did you make them feel? Respected? Heard? Understood? I try to keep that in mind. People don’t know you, they know and interact with a you they imagine, from limited data. Very limited. They will walk an inch and judge a mile. So walk every inch of your miles well.

Imagine good things of people and let them prove you right. It’s a big world.

I give myself these pep talks like the above. Sometimes it helps.