Never judge a book by it’s cover
Well it is quite an old saying but it still holds true today. What does it really mean though? If you take it literally, it obviously means that you should not judge a book by what you see on it’s cover – you never know what might be inside. Metaphorically speaking of course, it is often applied to people. Do not judge a person by the way they look or how they dress or appear to you.
We are all quick to judge, myself included. We see a person dressed a certain way and assume this means they are a certain ‘type of person’. This can often be a total mismatch with reality. Equally we may see a person acting in a certain way and we assume we know what is going on. Obviously we don’t. We need to get the whole picture or know the whole story!
Remember every person you meet knows something you do not. Listen to them and learn from them. Don’t assume you always know best. Also, every person you see or meet is going through their own problems and battles that you know nothing about. They may look like they have it altogether, but we do not know what is going on beneath the surface.
I will always remember the day we went up to London by train, to see my Mum who was dying in hospital. A guy at a station told me to “smile, it’s not that bad”. Little did he know; it couldn’t have got much worse! We should never assume and we should definitely think before we speak.
Never judge … (continued tomorrow)