A Question of Judgement
In life, we understand that there are two categories of judgment; Good and Bad. We give little thought to the third kind, though we practice it every day …… The judgment of others. We judge people, and they judge us by some imagined standards that we feel appropriate, whether right or wrong.
We judge by their skin colour and ethnicity, clothes, how they speak, and their appearance if they have tattoos, beards, long hair, short hair or no hair. We accept or reject people based on some ill-conceived notions. Associating only with those that fit our narrow, biased definitions. As a result, we develop a ‘judgmental attitude’ towards others and, in doing so, rob ourselves of the opportunity to grow. To learn and discover the exciting people that live around us. The loss we face in our rush to be judgmental is that it closes the door on us. We lose the opportunity to offer words of compassion, understanding and encouragement, the chance to have an influence on others that could help them move forward in their life.
Many ‘Measures’ we use for our judgment calls are ones we have heard since childhood that are not easy to discard. For example, an old saying that sounds biblical is, ‘Judge not lest ye be judged. Keep this in mind the next time you start ‘judging ‘ someone. First, ask yourself, “If I am judging them are they judging me?” Next, ask yourself, “If they are judging me, is their judgment a true picture of me?” and finally, “Is my judgment of them a fair picture of who they are?
The human race is diverse; some of the most fascinating people I have met are the most ‘Different’. But, isn’t that what our country is about…………..
The FREEDOM to be Different, To be Ourselves?
A middle-aged couple had finally learned how to send and receive texts on their mobile phones. The wife, being a romantic at heart, decided that she would send her husband a text while she was out having coffee with a friend.
She texted; If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smiles. If you are eating, send me a bite. If you are drinking, send me a sip. If you are crying, send me your tears.
The husband, a down-to-earth guy, texted back; I’m on the toilet. Please advise.
“Do you believe in life after death?” the boss asked his employee.” I certainly do.” replied the employee. “That’s OK then. “Said the boss. “Because yesterday, while you were at your grandmother’s funeral, she popped in to see you.”
“You know your children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.”
— John Plomp
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ARIES Mar. 21-Apr. 19: Something important is about to come to a conclusion. The result will be in your favour. However, be cautious.
TAURUS Apr. 20-May 20: The time is right for you to devote your efforts toward achieving your personal goals. Focus on the future.
GEMINI May 21-June 20: If you want people to help you, you need to be open with them. Then you’ll get what you need.
CANCER June 21-July 22: Re-evaluate your options. You have more going for you than you realize. Focus on what’s best about you.
LEO July 23-Aug 22: At this time in your life, you are motivated by material things. Channel your energy toward making financial gains.
VIRGO Aug. 23-Sept. 22: Your continued growth is assured due to an intervention by someone who has a soft spot for you.
LIBRA Sept. 23-Oct. 22: Take the bull by the horns regarding a dream of yours. It can become a reality if you apply yourself.
SCORPIO Oct. 23-Nov. 21: You work well alone but are also a team player. Teaming up with others will get results faster.
SAGITTARIUS Nov. 22-Dec. 21: Someone with influence could be looking out for you. A unique opportunity, or lead, may be coming your way.
CAPRICORN Dec. 22-Jan. 19: Your plan is working but keeps your own counsel. The less you talk, the better your chance of success.
AQUARIUS Jan. 20-Feb. 18: Look at the bigger picture. Examine the alternatives. Somewhere, close at hand, is the answer to reaching your goals.
PISCES Feb. 19-Mar. 20: This is not the time to be shy. A desire or dream can be yours if you step out confidently with an open mind.
An elderly priest was speaking to a younger priest. “You had a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theatre seats. It worked like a charm! The front of the church always fills first now.”As the young priest nodded, the old priest continued, “You also told me to assign a little more beat to the music because it would bring young people back to church. So, I supported you when you bought in that rock ‘n’ roll Gospel choir. Now, our services are consistently packed.””Thank you, Father,” answered the young priest. “I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth.” “All of these ideas have been well and good,” said the elderly priest. “But, I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive-thru confessional.” “But Father,” protested the young priest. “My confessions and donations have nearly doubled since I began that!” “Yes,” replied the elderly priest. “I appreciate that, but the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot ‘n’ Tell or Go to Hell,’ cannot stay on the church roof!”
If you don’t know where you are going,
you will probably end up somewhere else.