It doesn’t hurt to be gracious

This weekend, I happened to be present when an individual made the mistake of assuming how a high-profile speaker felt about something and verbalized it. Being hard of hearing, I never realized that the speaker had berated her until she was in tears, but the speaker was loud enough that I could hear his wildly disproportionate anger in what he was saying. I was told later that he’d made her cry, and kept yelling at her as she wept. Perhaps she was wrong to make a assumption, but there was absolutely no reason to treat her that way.

God has greatly blessed you, and you have the love and admiration of many people. It would not kill you to be gracious, even when there has been well-meant presumption. A public apology to that person would be the right thing to do.

You know who you are. Your success does not give you the right to be a bully.