I'm learning to be brave to take righteous actions by able to see the 'big picture' of the situation.
This evening a church friend called me to talk about tonight's event as I didn't show up. She liked the speaker's message but was bothered by the talking of few teenagers sitting before her. Though they were quite annoying, she didn't ask them to be quiet.
What would I do in that situation?
Well, from my own bad experiences and other friends' long story, I've realized that sometimes trying not to hurt others' feelings doesn't help to get things done well.
In this case, as I see the big picture - people and me are here to enjoy the speech, I get the strength and courage to take actions - I want to do something to stop the disturbing noise. I'll comly, politely and shortly express my needs and then say their silence will be appreciated.
Be honest to myself, see the big picture, and then take the actions with self-respect and respect for others.
Hope my friends don't get bothered by something similar again. : )