I sat in judgement of myself
“Guilty!”, I proclaimed!
And the Goddess replied
“I see no guilt, except
What you hold inside.”
I sat there and wept
As I heard Her words
Perhaps for the very first time.
For, while I thought myself unworthy
In my imperfection,
She found me perfect
In my worthiness.
– original poem by NanLT
I recently took part in a conversation over at LinkedIn concerning judgement and judging others. In the midst of people proclaiming they strove never to judge anyone, mine was a lone voice. Actually, yes I do judge people and situations. All the time.
And I find nothing wrong in doing this. Yet another reason why I am not seeking enlightenment, if as this group said enlightened people never judge.
What do I mean though?
I made a decision some years ago that I would not allow negative people, people who had a negative impact on me, into my life. When I meet a person, I judge them on their words and their actions. Is this a good person? Is this someone I want in my life?
If the answer is no, I don’t let them in. Like a surgeon who cuts out poisoned or gangrenous tissue so the healthy body can survive, I will remove negative people from my own life.
None of this has anything to do with the colour of a person’s skin, who their parents or grandparents were, where they live, what, if anything, they worship, or the myriad of other concepts we associate with judgement. And everything to do with who the person is.
The above mentioned LinkedIn group? They decided I was exercising discernment. Another £5 word that means judging.
- Judgement (cjrants.wordpress.com)
- In Defense of Judgement: or the problem with “no-judgement” attitudes (pixiecraft.wordpress.com)
- And who made You THE Judge of My Life? (clicksnthoughts.wordpress.com)
- Some thoughts on judging others… (onehotmessage.wordpress.com)