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"Dear Princess Celestia,
Business is an important matter as many ponies throughout Equestria have made obvious. Canterlot for example is a bustling warzone of businesses trying to keep ahead of the competition.
Recently a tradespony from Canterlot arrived in Ponyville to try to recover his business and life’s work after a brutal accident caused at the hooves of another. This stallion I speak of had made his success from careful thought and planning, all of which had gone down the drain perhaps needlessly.
Anyway, since arriving in town he’d done nought but make attempts at professionalism; attempts that could have served him much better in the streets of Canterlot. It was somewhat pitiable as his situation was much like a fish out of water, so many ponies did in fact take pity on him and tried to socialise, made him feel comfortable and welcome in the community. However despite their best efforts, even from the likes of my kindest of friends, his actions were cold, pushing away their opened hooves and filling them with more salespony attempts. Needless to say, he wasn’t very popular.
As time went on this stallion started to achieve quite a negative reputation in town. In his desperation to recover his life he’d shoved aside what was a staple part of any salespony’s job and made his situation worse. It was at this time that I took the time to find out more about him and realised all I’ve stated. Past his frustration though I saw nothing but a truly desperate pony, one that needed help.
It took a while but we, being a fair few of my friends and myself, managed to help said stallion’s social reputation back to it’s hooves, although his business and debts are only slowly making recoveries. But the difference between now and then is that now ponies understand what he’s going through without simply judging what they see.
Emotions differ pony to pony and can quite often be negative and sad. A stressed pony usually won’t be as happy as they normally would and may come across as rude or unforgiving, but as is their responsibility to realise this they often will have too much on their mind to even cast a glance on the matter. In such cases it becomes our responsibility to realise that our friends are in such a deteriorated state and support them instead of isolating them when they really need it.
From your faithful student,
- Twilight Sparkle.”
Not such a heavy message this time but I am continuing a series based on the understanding that troubled others could really need.
When I’ve been stressed in the past I’ve ended up snapping at people and being generally rude, a manner I personally despise. Usually I get defensive responses back, which is obvious; be rude and one should be told off. But then it’s come to occasions with family and friends being stressed and doing the same thing and instead of defending myself I simply take it (that’s low self-esteem for you). But I’ve noticed that when I do take it things tend to get better sooner because I try to justify it to myself with the reasoning.
Now, I’m not saying you should be a pushover, after all, some people just need to be shoved back to make them realise they’re being gits, but when you see the reasoning and can understand just why somepony is stressed it could be a better idea to take one for the team and be a bit more compassionate, or think through to what could calm said git down instead of simply retaliating in defense of your ego.
Just some thoughts that led to a picture. I respect your opinions on the matter as long as you respect mine. Thank you.