Quote by Plato, Be Kind!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
I have often been in this situation, before I start, I would like to make a small confession that I do tend to get a lot judgmental at times and have suffered unnecessary pains because of that. Not that these pains have been internal, but these are the pains which have prevented me from knowing a person as to who they really are, the life they have led and the impact they can create in our life and above all the inspiration they can create for us.
Guilty as charged, I have also been in places where I have been extremely curious about a person’s behaviour and when someone behaves in a particularly odd way, when I replace the initial tendency to judge them left, right and centre – replaced with a curious question
- Why are they acting like this?
- What might be going on through their mind when they are doing this?
- What are they actually saying? I know these are the words, but what is the actual message or emotion they are conveying.
I think something very powerful that came out of the exercise was when I compared my response to each of these situations. In the first one, it troubled me, I never made an attempt to know that person or talk to that person. Each time someone mentioned about them, I would shut myself out from the conversation. And when I look back now and think – I just missed out on an opportunity on knowing a person and knowing their story of life and maybe drawing something from their experience. I missed out on the richness of how they have led their lives and if there is something I can learn and implement in mine. I missed out on how they have braved their life through those struggles and the ones I think are my BIG problems in life are pretty simple in comparison after all.
On the other hand, a little bit of curiosity has made life so much better. I am in a better place to listen and understand where they are coming from and am able to appreciate a person beyond the guards we all have. I have gotten the opportunity to know the real people underneath and it has been amazing to say the least.
Not that any of these changes me, nor do I dare say that I have evolved from the time I look at people with curiosity. But I can say that this quote from Plato makes perfect sense to me – be kind, not because it makes you a better person, but it takes you through some beautiful thoughts which anger or contempt will not. It will elevate our thought process to think of better things and help us respond better.
In short, growth need not be just from our experiences, it can be about knowing others and being kind, beyond that little piece of judgement that holds us back.
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