You know THAT FRIEND of yours, the one who used to be your best friend but then she gives you the cold shoulder, she doesn't really say hi anymore though she does try sometimes. And you haven't forgiven her for that.

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW is that she's been going through hell at home, her parents are quarreling all the time, the family's moving again. She just wants to keep it all to herself, she doesn't want anyone to know.

You know THAT BUS DRIVER who drives you to the train station every morning. He curses some of the passengers under his breath. Today he cursed someone really loudly and you wished he will just be more polite.

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW is that he's been working a 10-hour shift and that time you were on the bus, is his final last round. And after work, he's got to go home to take care of his bedridden wife and he terribly misses the home-cook food he used to have when she was well. 

You know THAT STUDENT in your art class who is rather difficult to manage. He doesn't follow instructions during lesson and once he left handprints all over the wall, it almost made you go mad. Not forgetting the time he poured water all over the sink.

WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW is that he's been diagnosed with mild autism. The parents of his preschool classmates have requested to segregate him from the class as they're afraid the condition is contagious.

I was reading an article titled, What You Don't Know About That Kid. And it just got me thinking about the many people that I've met in my life - that friend, that bus driver, or that student. It seems that increasingly more people are being more casual in sharing their thoughts openly. Before we shoot our mouths off, retaliate, or have that cursed thought in our minds, let us take a step back to see things from a different perspective, with a fuller picture, it will help us to be a little kinder, have a little more empathy, be a little more forgiving, a little less complaining, a little slower to anger. a little slower to judge. Let us be channels of peace, let us seek to understand more than to be understood.