It’s inevitable. You’re going to make someone unhappy. You’re going to make someone mad. You’re going to inadvertently make someone’s biggest pet peeve a reality. Accept it. What’s most important about these situations is to be mindful of intent and turn to perspective. It’s possible to make a mistake, learn from it, and not feel bad. All you have to do is prove to yourself that your intentions were good.
“Choose your intention carefully and then practice holding your consciousness to it, so it becomes the guiding light in your life.” - John RogerYou shouldn’t beat yourself up over misunderstandings when your intentions are good. It’s only if you realize that your intentions were hurtful, that you should feel regret. Most of the time, we push people’s buttons without intending to. In these cases it’s simple. Realize that they have a right to be angry, annoyed, or sad. After all, we don’t know what they could be going through. Learn from this. Perhaps that person needs to be treated differently from now on. Perhaps all people need to be treated differently from now on. Add these lessons to your already wonderful intentions and evolve into a better person. Forget guilt. Forget shame. Forget regret. Forget anger. Focus on the good things.