I pulled this off the ‘net, and it’s very profound:


A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.

The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

That laundry is not very clean, she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.

About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.


This is so true for many aspects of our life.

Do you ever glance at other peoples shopping carts when you’re getting your groceries?

Do you ever become “Judgy McJudgy Pants” when you see a heavy person with what YOU consider bad foods in their cart?

The fact is, we don’t know this persons journey, how far they’ve come, what obstacles they’ve overcome, their emotional or financial state.
We tend to judge others by our own standards, assuming that our standards are the correct ones.

The next time you start judging someone, take a breath and remember: they may see YOU in a different light as well 🙂


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