Trust is a two-way street. It is the same with our other judgments about life: it's amazing how quickly the world we live in conforms itself to our ideas about it. You can test this intriguing law in the laboratory of your own life. If someone at work absolutely seems to enjoy making things rougher for you, try treating that person with extra respect — and go on showing him respect no matter how he acts. In a surprising short time, I predict, his behavior will begin to verify your faith in his better side.

Eknath Easwaran in Original Goodness by Eknath Easwaran

 

To Practice This Thought:
The next time someone makes things difficult for you, treat him or her with exquisite respect. Pay attention to how things shift in the relationship as you sustain this attitude.