I was on a bus today and a woman entered and began talking, loudly, on her phone. Initially I felt, as many people would feel, hostility towards her. What made her feel it was ok to impose her words on our ears? Was she oblivious to the people around her or did she simply not care?
As I listened to her words, however, my thoughts changed. I learned a little about this woman's life. Her current retail job situation was not good and she was going to start seeking other retail job openings. She had a man in her life and he had been mad at her about something. Other than this and his beer drinking and purchasing habits, I didn't learn a lot about him. All in all though, I got the impression that this woman's life is not easy and that her options may be limited.
It would have been easy to judge this woman based only on her cell phone talking habits. There is so much more to her story though and I realize now there is room for compassion. I'm glad I'm heard her story. It made me realize that she has one and that it matters, regardless of how loudly she talks on her phone.