People are social. This means that we often learn, grow and develop our personalities by interacting with the people around us. However, these interactions are not always the pleasant type. Despite this, we still learn a lesson from it and it becomes a part of our experience.
Just like the hilarious short story(fictional of course) of a young couple who managed to move into a new house which they can proudly call their own. They were a happy couple.
Once, while they were enjoying a peaceful breakfast, the wife noticed her neighbors hanging washed clothes outside. She then noticed something about the laundry of their neighbor.
“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better soap powder,” the wife commented.
Her husband looked on, remaining silent. He just seemed oblivious and no longer cares about this small detail.
As time went by, every time their neighbor hung her washed clothes out to dry, the young woman made the same comments. This continued for quite some time.
A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice and clean line of clothes right outside their window. This prompted her to say to her husband, “look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”
To her surprise, the husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
This story is simply a reflection of how we view life itself and the people around us. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window from which we are looking.
The lesson here? Do not judge. Do not quickly jump to conclusions about things or people around you especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealousy, negativity, or unfulfilled desires.
Always remember this short quote, “judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.”