I saw the following question on Pointless Overthinking: ‘How do you treat other people?’

For quite a while now I have tried to treat other people as I myself would like to be treated. Over the years I have learned to be more polite and less controlling. I have learned that it’s pointless to overthink or even try to change somebody else’s behaviour, as the only conclusion to this is that you become more stressed yourself. I’m rather chilled now, and have a ‘live and let live’ philosophy.

A doctor I once worked with had a ‘MP and a YP’ attitude to life, and now I realise it’s the only way to be. There are MPs (my problems) and YPs (your problems). If anybody comes to me with a YP and asks for help, then I’m only too willing to give it. Other than that, it remains a YP and not to be dealt with. Sometimes, for their own satisfaction, the owners of YPs need to work problems out themselves without any interference from me.

I’m sure the world population would become more tolerant and peace-loving if everybody adopted the ‘treat people as you would like to be treated’ philosophy. It’s such an easy way to avoid confrontations, wars, muggings and assaults for instance. I’m up for change, but there’s just one big problem …for peace to happen it will have to be a YP, so I can’t interfere!