How many times have you walked past a homeless person who asked you if you can spare some change?
How many times have you walked past a homeless person who asked you if you can spare some change? I bet plenty over the course of your life, especially if you live in a large bustling town or city.
How many times have you replied ‘no’ when you did have change in your pocket? If we are honest with ourselves, more times than we would like to admit.
When we scratch beneath the surface, it’s an unconscious automatic response stemming from a belief that life is hard for all of us. Our life is just as hard as theirs so they should stop feeling bad for themselves and just simply pull themselves together.
When we take some time to think about this belief more deeply we realise in our heart of hearts, its simply not true.
Next time a homeless person asks you for some change, take the time to talk to them too. Ask them where they used to live? How did they end up here? Are they trying to get off the streets? Chances are, you’ll be surprised by what you hear. Then it hits you like a thunderbolt… their unfortunate journey could have so easily happened to you!
Care more. Judge less. Listen without prejudice.
It makes all the difference and, in the end, only kindness matters.
What are your thoughts on listening without prejudice? Have you been judging others without consciously realising it? Have you ever felt like you are being judged? Do comment below, I would love to know your thoughts and experiences...