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I heard a phrase today that I haven’t heard in a really long time.  “Don’t judge a man unless you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”  It’s a reminder that we shouldn’t judge another person unless we fully understand the life they’ve lived that has led them to make the decisions they have.

I think it would just be easier to say “Don’t judge a man” and leave it at that.  After all, why should we be in the business of judging others in the first place?  Even if you have a firm grasp of the life the person has led, and the factors involved in the decisions they’ve made, you’re still not that person. You’re still you.  Is there some reason why you need to stand in judgement of them?  Chances are the answer is no.

“Well if I were in their shoes….”  But you’re not in their shoes.  You have a perfectly good life of your own you could be running if you weren’t making judgements on theirs.  Every moment you spend meditating on the progress of someone else’s life is time you’ve squandered that could be used to create the best version of yourself.

So unless you already are the best version of yourself, choose to spend your time and your thoughts on you.  If someone comes along and asks for your advice on their life, sure, in that case feel free to give it.  Otherwise use your time for you, and let them be them.  Have a great day.

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