What. A. Week.
Last time I mentioned Trump I found I had some supporters subscribed. I was elated. Ok, we lost some subscribers but encountering & engaging pro-Trump people in Holland is nearly impossible. (everyone has seen this right?
At any rate, the daily barrage headlines and their countless implications coming out of DC is overwhelming. I was stepping away from (alternative) facts
to prepare for this newsletter and read about the concept of The Most Respectful Interpretation
I’m not suggesting you try to determine a silver lining or non-nefarious motivation to the new administration’s insidious intentions but rather, in your daily life. Try to go from hair trigger to adopting a more self-aware rigor. From the post:
By pausing to reflect on our anger we can recognize that we are making a negative assumption and challenge ourselves to invert the situation and consider the opposite: “What is the most generous assumption I can make?”
In other words and to paraphrase, Shane from Farnam Street
, the next time you find yourself annoyed with colleagues, angry at others on the road, or just judgmental about decisions other are making: try to skip the negative assumption and strive to interpret the situation in a more respectful and generous way. You might eventually realize that the broccoli tastes good
. (broccoli emoji due later this year!)
As always, thanks for reading,