On the same hand, I've also always been quick to give others the benefit of the doubt. I try to assume the best - if someone cuts me off in traffic, it must be because they are late for work. The waiter who rang my ticket up wrong is new. The person who sent a nasty email is having a really hard time at home. I truly believe you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
Unfortunately, I've noticed that one of the people I love most in this world, the magical white guy, gets more than a healthy dose of vinegar from me.
I've noticed that lately I've been really quick to defend everyone ELSE first.... I give everyone else the benefit of the doubt and all that is left for him is the nagging, griping, unpleasant, grumpy you-know-what. I don't like that version of myself, so I imagine that he doesn't either.
He is patient with me - and gives me the grace that I'm so quick to give everyone but him - but I can do better. That is why I'm airing my dirty laundry on this public forum.
I figure Lent is a good time to examine my inadequacies. Fortunately for me, this flaw (among others) doesn't take a whole lot of reflection to figure out. Is it pathetic that I am going to make a conscious effort for 40 days to dole out more honey in my own home? Probably. But I've decided my scripture to help guide me towards this particular atonement will be Proverbs 16:24:
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
So - if you catch me nagging, I give you permission to set me straight!