September 17, 2008
Never judge a man until you’ve walked in his shoes..
We’ve all heard this before.
Suppose you have a friend who seems to love playing practical jokes. And you hate it! But you never gave a thought as to why he does it. Maybe there are things tearing at him, things he feels he has no control over. So, he plays practical jokes to get even with society. He wants to make others look silly, because he feels he looks silly.
Now you’re saying to yourself, “What kind of guy would play these kind of tricks?”
That’s a judgment.
You are judging him. And since it’s impossible to see things in someone that don’t exist in us, we are judging ourselves.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to accept him as he is? Then, we would be accepting ourselves, which is a giant step toward loving ourselves – which is the final step toward loving others.