My favorite link that I have come across today is this article – Curatives for judgement. (Please read before you interact with other humans.) – by Danielle LaPorte.
The basic premise of the article is that we should all stop to consider what might be going on in someone else’s life before we judge them and, especially, before we interact with them:
Here’s a curative for the sharp judgement that often accompanies our disappointment in others — just a single, surprising expansive phrase: You just never know. Use it before you jump to conclusions that someone’s a jerk, or that they need an attitude adjustment, or that they could be doing better than they are.
I try to do this in my own life but am definitely not always successful. I do know that I feel more positive and less stressed when this kind of thinking guides my view of others, and my interactions with others are most certainly more productive.
Keep this in mind the next time you are about to jump to conclusions about somebody.
You just never know.
(Hat tip to Grace Boyle for tweeting this out earlier today.)