Stepping Down from Judgment into Understanding
Did you ever have a teacher or professor who would quickly give you an assignment and then leave you to think about it? The assignment seemed easy at first but soon you came to see that it was anything but. Those lessons always seemed to weigh on me the most; their effects lasting weeks after the assignment had been given.
Today’s lesson will be one of those quickies that remain with you throughout your life.
I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the subject of judgment.
We make judgments all day long. I tell myself that I’m merely making an observation and this helps me justify myself to myself, but I know the truth; that when I judge anyone else, I have put myself in a position of authority over another person’s life.
Step down from the throne and seek to understand, or literally stand under the situation of another enabling you to see what someone else is dealing with.
Today ask yourself, are you standing over or are you understanding.
When we look at our thoughts concerning the life of another in this manner we are able to see that we don’t fully understand our own motivations; how then can we judge those of another?
We judge others to feel better, smarter, richer or prettier than someone else. But this throne of righteousness is short-lived and you have to move on to another and another and another.
Instead of judging send energy and love, say a prayer, think positive thoughts.
“I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me.”
I hope this stays with you
Be well, be you be Understanding,
Bertice Berry, PhD