One of the hardest things to do in life is to not judge. The slow driver in front of you, the person you’ve just met, the politician or television celebrity. It’s easy to pigeon hole a person based on your initial impression and your past experience. Unfortunately we often (or never) do not know the whole story. As our former minister Frank Hall often said “you never know what is going on in another person where the spirit meets the bone”. Each of us has circumstances in our lives, or things that have happened to us, that make us say or do things that others may misinterpret. When we realize that we are all works in progress (read imperfect) we can begin to accept others as they are, not as we think they should be.
By not judging others, or events in our lives as good or bad, we can begin to be more fully engaged in life. You begin to see the beauty in all people and all moments of life- not the imperfections. As with all difficult tasks it is important to look within. Are you too harsh on yourself? Do you judge yourself on other peoples expectations or societal “norms”? Do you focus on your imperfections or your “goodness”. I love this article on this subject by Erin Outdoors. Start the process of being kind to yourself and it will transfer to the way you see others! It’s worth the work!
Expect health realize you are “enough”. Dr Matt
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