I will start with this quote (not sure of the author):
Judging someone does not define the person they are. It defines the person you are.
Judgement to me has always been an enemy – can’t stand it. But hey! saying that I am human, I am an animal, and animals categorize it’s apart of our makeup.
We quickly need to work out who is friend and who is foe. So of course I will never stand here and say I don’t, although it’s something I am working on, it’s a part of my growth as a human.
My childhood taught me a thing or two about judgement, I grew up in a rural fishing town. There were bikies, fishermen, very wealthy people, drug addicts it was a very diverse and rich culture.
My parents ran a slip way (refitting boats) one of thier workers was an alcoholic. He lived in a caravan on their property. Dad used to have to wake him up for work.
He was perceived to be “ho-bo”, people would often dismiss him. But in actual fact he was extremely clever, extremely intuitive, and an exceptional worker you could trust him with your life.
Another man in our town would walk around with no shoes, un-brushed hair and holes in his shorts. He was very unassuming but in fact he was one of the wealthiest people I have ever come across.
Then there were other people that “acted” like proper citizens and they were the scum of the earth.
This taught me at a very young age that you CAN NOT EVER look at someone look at someone and assume you know them or their path. You have never walked in their shoes.
You have no freaking idea what their childhood was like, it may have been completely different to yours. Hence the reason they may look and talk different to you.
The fact is, no matter where you come from, or how wealthy you are, we are all still human, we all have frailties. This is a FACT.
During my journey of endeavoring to be more discerning and being less judgmental has changed the person I am, it has opened many doors.
I challenge you to do the same it may just change your life.