1. Sometimes we act like a know-it-all
This is universal. We all do it. As you get older, you just learn to realize you're doing it and stop - well, hopefully you stop. Which is why we think it's cute from toddlers, tolerate it in young kids, manage to deal with it in teens (usually)...but are far less likely to find it cute in other adults. (see? I just did it, too...right there...)
2. Someone disagreeing with us does not make them wrong (or hateful)
"Haters gonna hate"? Yeah, well, disagreeing with you doesn't mean the other person is wrong. Figuring this out also allows that moment of 'agree to disagree'. Someone with a different opinion from you does not have to be convinced to come over to your side. It's ok. Let them be them. Maybe you'll improve from a different perspective. Who knows?
3. Not everyone likes you....and that's ok.
We need to get over ourselves. If they don't like you, it doesn't make them not a nice person, or not a good Christian, or anything else. It means they don't like you. Deal with it.
Seriously, that sounds harsh, but what is it with our constant need to have everyone around like us? I'm not saying we should work at making people hate us, but if we have an honest personality conflict with someone, it's ok. They don't need to be convinced of your wonderfulness. Just let it go. (sorry...I know...the song is back in your head again, isn't it...)
(Let the song happen...play it through...you know you won't be able to read the rest of this until you just Let It Go anyway)
Ok, moving on....
4. We all have awkward social moments
The kind where you yell something in a loud room - right at that moment when the ebb and flow of the conversation around you had stopped cold.
Or maybe the kind where you suddenly realize you're being made fun of...or you THINK you're being made fun of, but you're not quite sure so you just go with it.
Or that time you were telling a joke, people were laughing, obviously you got this humor thing down... so you tell another joke - and it falls flatter than a beach ball on a cactus.
We've all been there. Shake it off and move on. There will be other great moments and other not-so-great moments. You'll live through them all.
5. Learn how to just hush
You do not have to respond to every rude thing that's said, or every inappropriate comment. You do not have to point out every person's epic-social-fail moment (see number 4 above)
You can have awesome moments where you see someone acting like a ....less-than-stellar-human....and you can just bite your tongue and not say anything.
This might not be the epitome of all that you can accomplish, but it IS a really cool feeling to know you controlled yourself. Consider it practice.
After all, tomorrow that same person might encounter you acting less-than-stellar, and will in turn hush their mouth. You never know, it could happen.
Hey, if we figure these things out, we realize we're in the same boat as everyone else. Right? So we can accept it and move on, right?
Learn these things about yourself first, and you'll be more able to accept these failings in other people around you, too.
Disclaimer: I'm preaching to myself here, too...all means all...myself included.