There is a saying in India, “When a pickpocket meets a saint, he only sees his pockets.” That is a pretty limiting view. Yet, we often see ourselves and the world with an equally limited view. We see through the eyes of judgement. We see what we think is wrong and needs fixing. We judge ourselves for who we think we should be and because we don’t accept ourselves we find it difficult to accept others. We defend ourselves by highlighting the imperfections of others.
I saw a story recently about a young girl who visits a doctor. She has several tattoos and piercings. At the end of the visit she says to the doctor, “Thank you for not judging me.” He is glad she felt respected but sorry she had experiences that led her to make that comment. When we judge we are treating people in a way we would not wish to be treated.
In Matthew 7:3 Jesus asks, “Why do you see the splinter which is in your brothers eye, and do not feel the beam which is in your own eye?” We stall our spiritual growth when we focus on others faults. We overlook what we need to do to grow. Mama Donna Henes puts it beautifully, “We are all in this together, so let’s convene, let’s come together, to make connections, to make friends, to make whoopee, to make magic, to make sense, to make art, to make amends, to make time, to make love, to make change, to make peace in our hearts and on the planet.”