A lovely little girl was holding two apples with both hands.
Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile: my sweetie, could you give your mum one of your two apples? The girl looked up at her mum for some seconds, then she suddenly took a quick bite on one apple, and then quickly on the other.
The mum felt the smile on her face freeze. She tried hard not to reveal her disappointment. Then the little girl handed one of her bitten apples to her mum, and said: mummy, here you are. This is the sweeter one.
Source: Munira Dhamani, The Thank You Bell
(Educreation Publishing; 1 edition, 2015) page 24
No matter who we are, how experienced we are, and how knowledgeable we think we are, it is always wise to delay judgment, not to quickly jump to conclusions, to give others the benefit of the doubt, and the opportunity to explain themselves.
A 24-year old young man looking out from the train’s window shouted, “Dad, look the trees are going behind!”.
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year old’s childish behaviour with pity.
Suddenly, another shout of excitement, “dad look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man, “why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”
The old man smiled and said.“I did. In fact we are returning home from the hospital. My son was born blind. He just got his eyes today.”
Source | Unknown
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- Every single person on the planet has a story. Let’s not rush to judge other people before we truly know them and their stories.
- When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself. | Wayne Dyer
Some old men went to Abba Poemen and asked,
“If we see brothers sleeping during the common prayer, should we wake them?”
Abba Poemen answered,
“If I see my brother sleeping, I put his head on my knees and let him rest.”
Then one old man spoke up,
“And how do you explain yourself before God?”
Abba Poemen replied,
“I say to God: You have said, ‘First take the beam out of your own eye and then you will be able to remove the splinter from the eye of your brother.”
Source | Stories from the Desert Fathers
PONDER AND CONSIDER
How much precious time do we waste watching what others are doing and perhaps judging them intentionally or unintentionally? What if we use that energy to try and be fully present to what we are supposed to be doing?