Judgment is something we do on a daily basis whether we realize it or not. There is not a day that goes by that we haven’t passed some type of judgment about something. But, are those judgments accurate? Do we even have the right to judge another person? Or the right to pass judgment on any particular place or thing based on a few moments in time, or a few spoken words?
There is a point in time when you will not be at your best and find yourself in a position, where regardless of how you feel, you must interact with others. The question now becomes one of which, do you really want others judging you and your entire life on that moment in time?
Remember that disgruntled employee, you thought would have been better off if they had just stayed home for the day? Or maybe you remember the smiling cheerful employee, that greeted you will smiles, maybe even a few kind words? Now, do you remember what you thought about that person? How you might have judged them?
It is often, too easy, to pass judgment on another with only a single interaction. But, is that fair and more importantly, do we even have that right? How much might we miss in life by being judgmental? It’s something to ponder and be aware of daily, as we encounter others and interact with the people around us.
What? You say you don’t judge others? Or maybe you think your assessments are accurate? Never be so sure. Remember that ‘bum’ you saw outside the corner market? Or the tattered-clothes woman, in the beat-up old clunker of a car at your local grocer? Don’t you remember what you thought or said? Here’s something I wrote when I was fifteen years old, that might give you pause for reflection – and judgment. What if the worse had been the best, or was in the guise of something other than what it truly was?
I hope it inspires you to aspire to greater things – and thoughts. And remember, everybody is loved by somebody somewhere – and nobody can really say where or what they might become tomorrow. We can only state with certainty what we aspire to be.