The next time you’re talking to someone about some kind of significant difficulty and, as a part of showing support, they mention a much smaller problem they’ve experienced, and you’re tempted to think “Oh, you really have no idea what I’m going through”, consider:

Perhaps you should show grace and assume that “. . . And considering that my difficulty was only a small fraction of yours, I can’t imagine what it was like for you” is subtext in their attempt to help you.

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