I have a friend of mine (who at this point shall remain nameless) and what she went through in life I would never wish on anyone. She had a fully grown daughter who was extremely depressed. The daughter felt as though she was a heavy burden on her mother and then eventually committed suicide. As much as I love to counsel, advise and even help others even I had major difficulty trying to help this woman see any positive. Even though this happened a while ago she still has problems each and every day coping with it. I also know of a young woman who at a young age witnessed one of the most traumatic and horrifying things a child could ever see. At the age of 9 years old she came into the kitchen to see her mother shot to death and her mother’s boyfriend also dead beside her after he decided to take his own life. Now she is a grown woman with 3 kids of her own. I asked her how she manages to cope with what happened to her mother and she said it’s a wonder that she isn’t crazy from it. There are people in the world who have experienced really traumatic events in their lives. That is why I think it is imperative to make sure we don’t judge others until we at least know their circumstances. A lot of times we look at people on the surface and “think” we know them, but you never fully know a person until you know what they have been through in life. Another friend of mine had a daughter who was in her 20’s and needed to take her medication to stay alive. She was in constant pain and felt depressed and tired about life. As much as her mother tried to save her daughter she eventually stopped taking the medication and passed on. To this day the mother seems distant and admits she has problems getting along with most people. Life is never guaranteed to always be “fair.” My post today is merely designed to help us see the “person beneath the surface” when we view and judge others. We may never know what others have been through. There are many people who need help but don’t know how to ask for it. Once we pay attention we might be able to make a difference in those people’s lives. You never know, for one day it just might be “us.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Bowlegged Lou from Full Force, Eddie Levert from the Ojays, former Atlantic City mayor Langford, former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson with Brett Jolly in background