When dealing with people,
If someone says something to you that can be taken 2 ways; good or bad, choose the good one until proven otherwise.
I’ve learned that human relationships are naturally complex BUT assuming positive intent reduces the odds of conflicts & increases empathy.
Am I saying we won’t come across people with bad intentions or character? No.
My point is, our relationships stand a better chance if we don’t go about assuming “men are scum”, “business partnership is hard”, “mothers-in-law are bad”, etc until we have a contrary experience.
Do not label an unknown tree “bad” until you’ve taken a bite of its fruit. Let people surprise you.
Always hope for the best.
Set proper boundaries while putting in your best.
And give people a chance to prove who they really are with their words and actions