Like most of us, I’ve often found myself caught up in judging people over the years. Whether the judgements themselves be just or not, it’s mean spirited and bad for the soul. We’ve deemed it fun and socially acceptable. The truth is exactly what this picture states… “when you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” The fact that we think it’s okay to put others down for choices they made or for circumstances somebody has found themselves in, is disgusting. We are all put here, to do the same monotonous tasks everyday, and as long as we stay true to the status quo we’ll be considered “normal”. The second somebody has trouble, or isn’t progressing the exact same way as everyone “should”, they’re judged and ridiculed. Where is the humanity in this? Where is the compassion? Are we ruling out reason? There is always a reason why things are the way they are. If you’re the type of person who overlooks the details, there’s got to be something getting you down within your own life. A person who is happy with themselves and their life has no reason to put anybody else down. (Well, no -good- reason.)
I ask you, what feels better…judgement or understanding? I chose understanding.
The next time you go to judge somebody make sure you can look in the mirror at the end of the day and say there is absolutely nothing wrong with me, I always make perfect decisions. If you can’t, I suggest you practice some understanding and compassion.
You’ll be a better person for it!
I like Wikipedia’s definition of compassion;
Compassion is the understanding or empathy for the suffering of others.
Compassion is often regarded as emotional in nature, and there is an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigour,” or “passion.” More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism.
Tomorrow, and everyday, practice compassion.