Pray don’t find fault with the man who limps
or stumbles along the road,
unless you have worn the shoes he wears
or struggle beneath his load
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
though hidden away from view,
or the burden he bears, placed on your back
might cause you to stumble too.
Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today
unless you have felt the blow
that cause his fall or felt the shame
that only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
that were his if dealt to you,
in the selfsame way, at the selfsame time,
might cause you to stagger too.
Don’t be too harsh with the man who sins
or pelt him with word or stone,
unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
that you have no sins of your own -
for you know perhaps if the temper’s voice
should whisper as softly to you
as it did to him when he went astray,
it might cause you to stumble too.
January 31st - no more judging
Every man his his secret sorrows, which this world knows not.
And oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I firmly believe that we should not judge others, but I’m not perfect and have found myself tempted to do so many times. I may not actually say the words, but the thoughts are there. They say that judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who we are.
I don’t want to be judged and believe in the idea of treating others how I want to be treated. Judgements don’t bring any good into the world, they bring others down. Judgements are negative so I try to look for the positive in people and things.
We all make mistakes because none of us our perfect. Giving someone a hand up when they fall is much better than judging them.
We can judge others or we can love others -
but we can’t do both at the same time.