A person walks onto the train or passes you in the street. Are you quick to judge them on what you see? Is your judgement based on what s/he looks like? What s/he is wearing? What s/he is carrying in their hands? The sad thing is that the judgements you make just by sight are made on things that are not really there.
Everyone has some sort of mask that they walk around with. Not everyone is in a great mood. Not everyone is having a great day. Someone may be in a hurry to get somewhere. Someone may be in pain and are pushing themselves through their pain so that they can make it through the day. You never know what mask you are going to see.
Lord knows that we are not all perfect. Everyone has their good days and their bad days, their ups and their downs, their ins and their outs. What I challenge each of you is to not be so quick to judge a person by what you see. To remember that on the inside we all have the same wants — a kind smile, a warm heart, a tender soul and unconditional love.
So, the next time you see a person with a grouchy face or something — remember that you are looking at their mask. Take a step back and remember that the mask is just it — a mask and that person seeks and wants the same things as you – kindness, tenderness, warmth and unconditional love.