Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

“Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not.” – Arthur Miller

Who are we to judge other people? We spend the majority of our lives trying to create ourselves and judging how other people do that is not fair or justifiable. We have no reason to judge what we do not know or understand. We all have our own stories to tell, but while we are writing them the judgments serve as obstacles for others. Life is already hard enough – do we really need to make it more difficult for everyone else?

Instead of trying to pass a judgment at first glance we should try to recognize the good we see in someone. Even if we don’t know much about a person, or anything at all for that matter, there are still several things we can do to make someone smile instead of throwing a judgmental glance at them. Pretty eyes? Great style? Nice smile?

Judgment makes us insecure. It makes us question who we are and the directions we see ourselves going. I’ve heard this phrase thrown around on social media a bit, and as blunt and straightforward as it is, I think it is truthful and honest. It is: “It costs $0 to be a nice person.” That it does.

Why do we spend so much time trying to put other people down, being negative, disrespectful, and rude? What is the point of all of it? At the end of the day do we feel better when we know we made someone feel uncomfortable from passing judgment? I know I wouldn’t.

There is so much to uncover in all our lives. The cover does not determine whether or not we decide to read a book. For some us it might be, but instead of closing our minds to other stories we should open them. We should welcome each other, embrace in the power of positivity, and learn to be nice. It’s that simple.

So let’s stop throwing judgments and stop putting labels on each other. I don’t think we are in any position to judge others when we are still writing our own stories and working on our own covers.

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