Refrain from judging based on what you see


Our eyes tend to blind us. We lose sight of what is truly important because it is too easy to focus on looks, the spotlight and material possessions.

I don’t think these things would be as significant as we make them out to be if we didn’t see them, so why do we let them consume how we see one another and ourselves?

If we were blind, would we be happy with the person we saw on the inside?

Our character is what makes us who we are really are. It is not our looks, because we had no part in choosing or creating that part of ourselves.

So, if we are to be proud about something we have created, shouldn’t it be our character, which we have full responsibility over?

Acceptance has been built too much upon what we see, and it has blurred our vision and shut out possible friends, opportunities and chances to love others because of the judgments we pass.

Our eyes are an amazing gift that we abuse, and it is our other senses that we need to start listening to more so we can understand a deeper purpose of why we exist. When we lose our sight, our other senses are heightened.

What if we took the time to not just look at our peers, but instead learned to feel with them the emotions they were expressing so we could gain compassion?

What if we didn’t pass judgment on the imperfections that we see, but instead, learned to use our ears so we could hear the stories that our peers tell us to better relate to the lives they live?

We need to start reflecting what we have allowed our character to become and stop relying so much on our eyes to find truth.

Our eyes will only let us see so much, and if we let them overpower our other senses, we won’t be able to be aware of how the people around us are really feeling, including ourselves.

We won’t be able to really know who they are as people, and it makes us lose out on having more in-depth connections in the relationships that we have and others to come.

Our character is what we have full responsibility over and what we have the privilege to shape and control, so we must avoid, with all our strength, abusing this power.

The next time you pass someone in the street or in the halls, don’t make your first judgment by what your eyes convey to you. Stop and get to know his or her character because that is what truly will tell you who that person is.

First impressions go a long way, but what if a person’s appearance was not the first thing you saw? And what about others’ impressions of you?

If you sat around the table with people you didn’t know and were blindfolded, and you had to base your impressions only off your conversation, would you be happy with the way you spoke to them?

Our likes, dislikes, interests, goals and our choice of words show what is important in our hearts, and we need to align them with what is good in this world because this defines our character.

Stop looking at your own appearance and letting it express you because it will only get you so far.  Do not let your eyes blind you to who you really are.

Make sure your inside is something you can be proud of because if you can’t even be proud of that, then you will be blind to the joys that this world has to offer.

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