I’ve always been a firm believer that everyone possesses some form of beauty inside, regardless of their physical attributes. I try to approach the world with a positive attitude and make it a point to see the best in everyone I encounter. Sure, some people are naturally ill-tempered, addicted to negativity, selfish and can be a real pain to hang around. But even those types of people have something deep inside them that makes them beautiful; it just takes a little longer to find it. Whenever I encounter someone with a bad attitude, I take a deep breath and try to think about what in their life has caused them to act that way. There’s always a reason, as life hands us a variety of scenarios to overcome on a daily basis. They woke up late, they just lost their job, they’ve had a death in the family, they are battling illness, they have poorly treated mental health issues. The list of possibilities is endless. But the last thing these tortured souls need is more negativity. So I always try to shift the mood and mindset and say “You seem upset. Is everything OK?” At first, most are taken aback by the question, as if no one has asked them if they are OK in a very long time. But almost instantly something magical usually happens. Most apologize for their behavior and some folks have even gone into detail about what’s causing their sour mood. This has been true in my experience with both people who are close to me and perfect strangers. So next time you encounter someone who seems “ugly” on the inside, stop for a moment and ask them if everything is OK. After all, we’re all in this together. JORGE ARAUZ, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF.
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