A Mile In Their Shoes

Quick to judge. I think that’s a trait we all have in common with each other, whether we’d like to admit it or not.We’re great at assuming things, at summing up everything that a person is, everything they believe in, what their personalities are like, in seconds. And more often than not, we never take the time to find out if there’s any truth behind our assumptions. We’d much rather throw people into categories based solely off their features, the way they talk, how they act, rather than learn who they really are. It’s a terrible habit.

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” couldn’t be any more right. All of us, everyone around you, everyone you pass by every day are all fighting their own battles. It’s as true for you and I as it is for anyone else, so when you look at it that way, it doesn’t seem like you’d have much right to judge and criticize someone without understanding what they’re going through.

To think how different this world would be if we all acted like this. If we changed our ways, if we started listening more, understanding more, realizing that we’ve all got problems we’re going through. Realized that it’s a lot more helpful to be a friend than to stand at a distance and criticize.

It’s not going to be an easy change, for it’s something we all do, and most times without even thinking. Sort of an instinctual quality inside of us. But it’s a necessary change, one we have to make if we ever hope to understand one another and stop being so quick to judge. After all, if it hurt to walk just a mile in someone’s shoes, how do you think they feel wearing them every day?

“Those who spend their time looking for the faults in others usually make no time to correct their own.” – Art Jonak

Image by user JerzyGorecki on Pixabay

 

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