Judgment is a slippery slope and it starts with fear every time. S.D.J.
I had the most delicious conversation today with a dear friend. Someone I’ve known since 2004. Someone I have spent up to 4 hours with on the phone in one sitting.. Someone who has provided emotional and even financial support at some of my darkest times.
She is a gentle soul. Some would say naive and at times, child-like. She sees the world through innocent eyes and yes, at times it has annoyed me. But I am ALWAYS moved by the tenacity with which she holds onto the vision of the world she wants to live in.
We are so different and have often joked that I would have never considered her “friend material” had a met her in person. She smokes, drives a pickup, wears cowboy boots and listens to country music. My first reaction to such a person is, “white trash.” (I’m just being honest.)
Thankfully, my first reaction doesn’t stop me anymore. I have learned to stop making myself wrong for my judgments and just observe them. I am no longer willing to miss out on the possibility of spiritual connections because of my judgments. I am no longer willing to keep love at bay because of my fears.
Today, I post this in honor of my friend’s birthday. Thank you, Susan, for our most unusual friendship. I love you.
This video is of “Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi, two mothers who have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez’ son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi’s son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, they have come to understand and respect one another.” (Source: Ted.com)
We should all be so willing.