I judge people too easy

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Walking through Melbourne’s small allies yesterday, with the warming spring sun in my eyes, surrounded by a mix of magnificent old buildings and new shiny complex, I got struck by the beauty of life. I bloody love Melbourne. So much.

I reach this big pedestrian crossing and I see this man begging for money. Homeless it says, and something I can’t really read below it. I walk past him to buy myself a coffee (actually not a decaf this time, I felt like a real one, not because I felt tired, more because I felt like buzzing even more). The man looked so lonely I thought, as I stepped towards my favourite coffee place across the street from where I work.

I walk passed him and people like him every day, judging them without even realise it. I’m convinced that he is a drug addict or a lazy person, as bad as that sounds. And then I thought, what if I don’t know at all what he is like? What if he would love a coffee, not just money to buy drugs for. So I walk back and I ask him if he would like a coffee. And with that small a gesture his soot covered face lights up “I would love one” he said, with a clear voice, not the voice of a drug addict, just the voice of a human. A latte, with two spoons of sugar. I have no idea how he ended up where he is but I judge easy. And that’s nothing I’m too proud of.

Imagine how many people that walk past him, every day, ignoring him, judging him. If I do it, there must be others doing the same. Just one little thought “what if he would like a coffee” made me question all my judgements, and he proved me wrong. He proved me that I was wrong just assuming he wanted money for drugs. And I’m happy that he did. When I think about it, it’s easy not to judge, you just have to start cutting people some slack and treat them like a humans, stop assuming and start asking questions. In the end, I probably felt happier giving him this coffee than he felt receiving it, and I have to start doing more things like this so that I can convince myself that there is love, happiness and gratitude out there in the world. If we act with it, and choose to see it.

25 responses to “I judge people too easy

  1. Inka Kiusalaas Kivinen

    Ja vad vet man om andra människors öde? Man tror sig se på människor vad de “är” och så vet man och därmed är det sanning! Lika lätt har man glömt som man så vackert lärt sig att behandla andra som man du själv vill bli behandlat.
    Det gäller väl oss alla ❤️

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