Need more compassion
September 26, 2012 1:37 AM Subscribe
How do I deal with being aggravated with people you can't avoid?
posted by ichomp to human relations (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Some of my relatives are staying with us. I live with my parents. I am very aggravated with the things my relatives say and believe... and I do things to spite/ not talk to them. I don't respect them and I find it hard to when I disagree with so much of her beliefs. They are staying short term so this is a temporary problem, but I feel this way about many of my relatives and some people I've had to live with.
It's almost a knee-jerk reaction. I have some reasons I don't like them, but overall I should not be aggressive towards them because 1) they don't mean harm, 2) they are only here for a while. However, I can't stop being annoyed with them, it's like my heart hardens when they're around.
What are things I can think to soften my heart around these people? They'll be gone shortly so it doesn't make sense to be displeased in the time together. Yet I feel like throwing something at the things they say/ believe.