We are given to judgments, whether it is of a practical nature such as making a decision of what to eat or what to wear etc. These are harmless judgments. But then there are the harmful judgments that lead to causing others grief and pain. Why? What makes us think we are so wise, so all-knowing that we can afford to sit in judgment? How arrogant we can be. As a child I was taught we should not judge unless we had walked a mile in that person’s shoes. I think that is wise advice. We all have individual experiences and how we react to those experiences is influenced by a wide variety of factors. We cannot know what another person is going through. We cannot know, even in the closest of relationships, what is happening in a person’s heart, mind, and spirit. So let us remove our judge’s robes and live and let live.
“Judge tenderly, if you must. There is usually a side you have not heard, a story you know nothing about, and a battle waged that you are not having to fight.” – Traci Lea LaRussa