personOnBeachBenchThis well known quote is over 100 years old, but still resonates today.  Not everyone posts everything that happens in their life on Facebook.  A lot of people like to keep their life private.  Many people that have bad things happening in their life don’t want anyone to know.  They keep it inside and smile on the outside, so no one will know what they are going through.

Life can be difficult and everyone has things they have to deal with at some point.  That person you see every day could be worried about health issues, suffering from depression, dealing with abuse, struggling financially, coping with family issues, going through a divorce, mourning a loved one that is ill or passed away, or enduring pain.  These are major life issues, but people you know could also be dealing with other stressful things that can make it seem like their world is falling apart.

Most people that are dealing with life’s problems continue to go to work, go to school or carry on with life as usual.  They try to hide their problems because they don’t want anyone to know what they are going through.  Many people put a smile on their face and go about their daily business even though they are falling apart inside.

We often don’t realize when others are going through difficult times.  If you’ve heard the news lately, you may have heard about Ray Rice, the professional football player who hit his fiancé and knocked her unconscious.  No one knew about it until much later when someone found it on a video surveillance camera.  His fiancé didn’t want anyone to know about it.  I once worked with someone that was abused by her husband.  No one knew there was a problem and she came to work every day and seemed happy until one day she broke down and decided it was time to leave him.

Think about a time that you were going through a difficult period.  When you felt like your emotions were in turmoil and it was difficult to do any normal activities without falling apart.  When we are feeling like this, we are less tolerant and less patient with other people.  The slightest provocation can push us over the edge.    Life is hard enough without people adding to our pain. We need to remember to be kind and considerate of others.  You never know what struggles they are going through.