Plunging into a good book expands your empathy, takes you to places you’ve never experienced, and lets you walk in the shoes of someone who thinks, acts, and lives in a way different from you. And you can fall in love, again and again, with the perfectly flawed, endearing characters you encounter there. It helps you realize that the world is complex and full of many perspectives and life experiences, that your way is not the only way, that you are one thread in an infinite, glorious tapestry of life.
Imagine if you were known only by the single worst decision you ever made.
You know you are so much better than that one decision, and for everything you’ve done wrong in this life, you’ve done countless other better, meaningful, and inspiring things. And, yet, if people were to judge you by that one thing alone, they may not want to be with you or worse.
We live in a judgmental world, quick to condemn, quick to label, quick to stigmatize. But, deep down, we know we are all worthy of being treated as individuals, full of complexity.
How can you see beyond the quick judgments today?