"It is none of my business what other people think of me."
I've seen it attributed to many people so suffice it to say, I heard it somewhere and I believe they are words to remember. It's not always easy to fully embrace the sentiment, though.
Recently I heard about something said about the Husband and myself to other people who know us and I felt hurt and incredibly angry. I found myself wishing I could set the people who heard this adjusted sense of reality straight lest they believe the stories being told.
While there are three sides to every story and perspective changes everything, the way I heard the story and the way it happened (from our perspective) are very, very different and actually paint quite a negative picture. I imagined the listeners making judgments and thinking badly of us.
And then I thought of the saying, "It's not of my business what anyone else thinks of me." and while I still feel bothered, I realize this is not a battle in which it is worthwhile to engage. People will believe what they want and they can consider the source....or not. (shrug)
Calling someone on their adjusted sense of reality is usually akin to banging your head against a wall and I have tried banging my head on this particular wall before and gotten nothing for it but a nasty knot on my head and a splitting headache.
Whether other people know the truth or not, God does. Sound cliche? I guess it is, but really, people are going to judge or make assumptions and we are all human and see things through the filter of their own biases and experiences. When I can accept that I have biases, make assumptions and that some people are better at pushing my buttons, I can more freely accept that, "It's none of my business what anyone else thinks of me."
I pray that we can all find peace in the knowledge that everyone has their own "side" and perception and that the only thing that matters is that we do our best to live out God' commandment to love.