“You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
‘Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.’
Making judgements about others is easy. I have been guilty of it many times. We eye people up, and draw a conclusion; often without even having a conversation.
Part of my recovery has been about learning to accept others, and acknowledging that everyone deserves to a chance to be seen and heard.
Even if you haven’t directly experienced the same thing as another, that’s OK; empathy goes a long way.
I guess for me it means trying to consider or understand alternative perspectives. To be open to other people’s experiences or motivations.
We never really know what is going on for someone, because so many of us hide our authentic self. Since I have let go of judgment around others, I have also learnt to accept myself more.
Take time to stop and pause before being so quick to judge. Learn from one another. You don’t have to agree with how another chooses to live their life. But that’s just it, we are lucky enough to have choices. Many don’t.
Ignorance is not bliss.