Before You Judge Me
Do you consider yourself to be judgmental? Do you find yourself looking at other people thinking that they’re being judgmental?
As I started writing this post, I thought I should look up the word “judgment” before I wrote about it. Dictionary.com defines judgment as follows:
Judgment: the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion: a man of sound judgment.
So let me ask a different question. Do you have any big dreams of something you’d like to accomplish in your life? Or big dreams of something you’d like to do with your life? I love the line from a Trooper song “if the world is all screwed up, re-arrange it”. Do you ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, you could do something that would make a big difference in your life, in your community, or in the world, and then catch yourself thinking, “oh, I could never do that?” Of all the kinds of judgment that exist, I find that this is the saddest. We judge ourselves more harshly than we ever judge others. I have never looked at anyone with the thought that they could never be an author, an artist, an inspirational speaker, or something else. But for some unknown reason, we often judge ourselves that way.
Ironically, if you look at the definition of the word “judgment” above, I guess you can’t even say that you’d be judging yourself. After all, do you have the authority to tell yourself that you could never accomplish anything? Do you have the wisdom to make that claim? Is it good sense that you should sit back and not take action toward accomplishing your dreams?
Well, I was once no better than anyone else at this. I remember writing in several posts and speaking in several presentations that my “big audacious dream” is to eradicate DIS-ease and do it in my lifetime. Then that Inner Fiend jumps in and says things like “that’s a pretty big dream for a small town boy” and “yah right, YOU think you can accomplish that”.
But you know what the funny thing is. The more I mention my dream to people, the more support I get. Sure there are a lot of people that don’t think that this can happen, but there are also a lot that think it can. And the more conversations I have with people, the more I realize that it won’t be ME that gets us to the point of eradicating DIS-ease, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not a part of bringing this dream to fruition. This isn’t something that I can accomplish alone, but it doesn’t have to be. Other people have the same dream. And many of them are taking steps in the direction of their dreams.
And you know what? It’s working. I hear more and more stories of how people have changed their lives and changed their outcome. Spontaneous remissions from cancer and other DIS-eases are well documented. People changing their diet and having the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disappear is a common story. I have a friend that removed herself from a stressful job situation and told me that almost immediately her RA symptoms had virtually disappeared.
I have several colleagues that have similar beliefs and are doing their part to help people. I am in the midst of developing a program that will help educate people about the factors that contribute to their health as well as easy changes they can make to their daily activities to help them improve their overall health.
What’s my big audacious dream again? — to eradicate DIS-ease, and to do it in my lifetime.
Before you judge me, I ask you to consider the following:
There was a day when it was known beyond the shadow of a doubt that the earth was flat – thank you Christopher Columbus.
There was a day that we knew that the Sun rotated around the Earth – thank you to the astronomers / scientists that enlightened us.
There was a day when there was no television. And then when we got television, it was only in black and white.
There was a day when there were no telephones. Please don’t forget that when you talk to relatives in Australia.
Do you remember when our only light sources were fire and candles? Thank you Thomas Edison for your repeated efforts to create the light bulb.
There was a day when the only modes of transportation were walking and by horse. Thank you to the automobile pioneers and to the Wright brothers for pursuing their dreams of flying.
I remember in 1994 when a professor wrote the letters “www” on a blackboard and almost nobody knew what the world wide web was.
I remember the days where there was no FaceBook, no twitter, no youTube. Seriously, Social Media hasn’t been around forever?
I remember the days when records were replaced by 8-tracks, 8-tracks were replaced by cassettes, cassettes were replaced by CDs, then MP3’s and so on. How do we listen to music nowadays?
Needless to say, I can go on and on. There are so many situations where the beliefs of the entire world turned out to be limited or incorrect, and where inventions changed the way our world worked, virtually overnight.
So before you judge me, pause for a moment.
And when I suggest to you that we can eradicate DIS-ease AND do it in my lifetime …. how do you judge me now?
More importantly, do you have any big audacious dreams? Is your world all screwed up? Will you help re-arrange it? If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
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