Anyone have an epiphany in which they learned NOT to be judgemental?
In response to another thread going on and on here, I got to thinking about how judgemental people can be when they really dont know the depth of the person's situation.
I was probably once as judgemental as the next person..things like: why is that person not dressed better, why do they drive that type of car, why are they in such a rush, why do they have that crazy dog?
My epiphany occured when I spent three days in the Pediatric ICU with my son in a diabetic semi-coma. What a life changer. All the parents there were exhausted, mental wrecks! None of had showered for seemed like days, we looked like ***. We probably drove bad. We looked disrespectful when we went out and about and didnt care. I learned from this that people have all sorts of things going on in their lives that we can never understand the scope of! I gained great empathy in those three days.
Another good story : a teacher friend of mine had his epiphany one day when a kid fell asleep in class. He wanted to really embarrass him and walked by and dropped a stack of books right by his desk to scare him and wake him up. Well, it worked..scared the crap out of him. When asked why he was sleeping in class..he responed that his Dad had taken off. ..leaving his mom and him to fend for themselves. He had taken on a night job to earn money for the family! That teacher friend of mine never woke a kid up again!
Anyone else have a life changing moment when they discovered empathy?