I had an idea for a blog post about something, researched some quotes, got busy and then forgot all about it. Including the reason or idea for the post. When I was going to write a new post about a sick boy I saw this one in drafts. Oops! But... These are some pretty good quotes so I'll still share them.
I'm sure I was feeling judged about something. I think there's a lot of people that judge me. (Mothers of five children get noticed more and probably provide more fodder.) I certainly get enough feed back from individuals around me to the extent that I no longer even need to hear what they say to know I'm being judged. However, it's gotten to the point of me not really caring what they say because judgmental people usually lack perspective, certainly lack compassion, and quite often have made plenty of their own mistakes, and thus shouldn't be judging. I'm confident enough in who I am as a person, wife and mother, and in how I live my life that, while I know that I'm not perfect (nor do I pretend to be), I don't really accept their criticism. I'm more irritated by it. I listen, but usually don't give it validity. The funny thing is when people judge me as good, not in a critical way, (eg. saying I'm a good mom) that I have a hard time accepting that judgement as true also. The "if you only knew" syndrome, I suppose.
Bottom line, folks: Everyone makes mistakes and has lessons to learn. I do. You do. Lets just encourage one another. Have grace and understanding. Life is hard enough.
Anyway. Here are the quotes. Hope ya like 'em.
"Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves." ~ Carl Gustav Jung
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them." ~ Mother Teresa
"Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances." ~ Wayne Dyer
"We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path." ~ Paulo Coelho
Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and do not live to be; but before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.~ Bob Marley
The person who judges has seemingly forgotten all the mistakes they have made, and the grace they wished others had given to them at that time. ~ me (Kelly Berg)
Only a kind person is able to judge another justly and to make allowances for his weaknesses. A kind eye, while recognizing defects, sees beyond them. ~ Lawrence G. Lovasik