We all judge. At times, it seems we cannot help ourselves.
But, what if we tried?
Think about it. We judge even the most inconsequential elements of life.
- We judge the clothes people wear
- And the way they do their hair
- We judge their weight
- And their plastic surgery outcomes
- Often, without knowing anything about them
The World Around Us
One of my missions in life is keeping an open mind – not judging too quickly.
Sounds simple, right?
It’s not. It’s probably one of the hardest things I attempt. It is all too easy to slip into the knee-jerk, judgmental response to the world around us.
- Reality shows teach us how to do onto others before they do unto us
- We have shows devoted to celebrity gossip, fashion police and “real” housewives
- And then there is politics, bullying in schools and broken NCAA rules
Is this our reality?
Walk in His Shoes
Let me tell you the inspiration behind this post.
There is a man who sits in front of us in church on Sunday. He sits and stands military straight. He casts an unwelcoming persona. Some parishioners joke about his unfriendly demeanor.
Maybe because I am a writer, I wonder —
What is his story?
Everyone joined in – except one.
The man in front of us lowered his head and covered his eyes with his hand. It was clear, he was weeping.
- This unwelcoming man
- This angry man
- Was weeping at the sounds of America the Beautiful
Don’t you wonder why?
How do you judge him now?
Just think what the world would be if we tried not to judge too quickly. If we opened our hearts and our minds to the frailty inside us all.