Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Don’t be judgemental. What you see is not always what you get. It can become a habit to sum up, in a glance, a person or situation. Although, in all reality, people and life have layers. Many many layers. When we are quick to judge, we can very well miss the truth of what or who is before us.
I will be the first one to admit that I can get caught up into judgements and catagorizing. I’m human, it happens. After all, there is a belief that stereotypes exist for a reason, right? So, yes, there are cliches and stereotypes that make sense at times, but there are also ones that don’ t fit for the particular person or given situation. When I find myself judging another or a situation with my automatic response on, I absolutely miss the interesting gifts and quirks of a person, place or thing. It’s a consequence of labeling to miss the gifts and lessons that are before us when we get caught up in assumptions and judgements.
I’m not sure when it’s ever a negative to be open minded and open hearted. When acceptance is at the root of how you consistently operate, you receive and experience more opportunities. Period.
I notice that when I’m open and my armor is down that's the place where the good stuff comes into my life. How about you? What would it mean for you to put the judgements aside and simply experience what’s in front of you with an open mind? Maybe this is already how you function and maybe not. It's your call.
* The above image was taken by Damien Noble Andrews, San Diego based photographer.