Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What do you see in people?”)

When you see a little boy who is a big disruption in class, do you see a bad little kid or do you see a little boy who might be in need of a more guidance? When you see a woman who sells her body on the street for a living, do you see a slut or do you see a woman who has fallen on hard times trying her best to get by? When you see a man who is behaving erratically in public, do you see someone who is crazy or do you see someone who could possibly be off his meds? When you see someone who is engaging in troubling behavior do you see someone who “wants” to be bad or do you see someone who may have had an abusive upbringing? Those people who judge others by the surface are making what they feel are “honest assessments.” They go according to what little they know and the limited knowledge that they have processed… but is that truly all there is? I often try my best not to judge people by their deeds, but rather by “the thought behind those deeds.” To me this makes a difference… When you judge a book by its cover you are “in essence ignoring the context of the book.” You might have a whole new understanding and outlook of someone if you just took the time to get to know him or her better. Racism is built from what people perceive on the surface. Those that hate racially choose to do so based on what they feel about a “group” of people. If they actually took the time to get to know each member of that group individually their whole outlook could change. Many of us form opinions on people without knowing the whole truth. We base our observations on how they look, how they act and how we “want” to perceive them. We may only observe them for a short period of time but for many of us that is more than enough to feel we know them totally. What we fail to realize is that just as easily as we can misjudge someone else we can also be “misjudged” by others. No one will know the goodness in your heart if they “generalize” you. Ghandi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world…” If you want people to see the good in you, then you need to see the good in people… Love like “its real…” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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