“If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.” ~Marvin J. Ashton …
If we could “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes,” our perspective of their life would change dramatically. We would find it difficult to be judgmental towards that individual, for we would possess a deeper level of understanding of their life–their experiences, feelings, struggles, joys–which we so often do not take the time to recognize.
If I were faced with the same challenges that you are facing right now, how would I act? Perhaps I would make similar choices. Someone once said that if we were to throw everyone’s problems into a huge pile, once we saw some of the things that other people are going through, we would be more than glad to take our own problems back. Perhaps my struggles and challenges are quite small when compared to what you are going through.
Being judged by others can be hurtful–we all have been there. Do not be so quick to condemn and to judge… instead, take the time to understand them. Show kindness, compassion, empathy, and love. Show an appreciation for their life by becoming aware of the challenges they face on a more personal level. By making the world a more gentle, loving, patient, tolerant, and caring place, we become a beacon of light and hope for all to see.
Show patience and understanding towards others today.
Questions to consider:
What are some things we can do to try to become more kind and compassionate?
When all is said and done, do we have the right to judge others and the things they do? Where does that right come from?
What kinds of things can we contribute to the world if we insist on being judgmental? What can we contribute if we act more lovingly?
For further thought:
“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” ~Barbara Kingsolver