So often we judge people, though knowing nothing about their journey in this life.
Yesterday, I contributed to a charity I had never heard of, in which a tall, gaunt man stood in front of a lock box, collecting funds.
I was friendly to him and praised him for donating his time. But at one point criticized him for not having deduction receipts available, so people like me could take a tax deduction. I guided him on how to create a receipt, which he did for me.
Later, I felt ashamed and put my receipt in a recycle container. I had known nothing of this man's journey in life, but could see he had been through a lot, perhaps including alcoholism.
Instead of being criticized, he needed love and a pat on the back. Fortunately, as we parted company, I shook his hand, thanked him and wished him well.
This piece is a step on my path to more compassionate understanding, and will hopefully serve you as well dear reader, as we both seek personal growth and to bring happiness to others.