July 23, 2019
Living in Portland, Oregon is an experience like in no other city, where ‘weird’ is normal. To not roll your inner eyes at least when a bearded guy in high heels, purple scraggly long hair, blacktop hat, face with tattoos, pushing a stroller with a plastic doll inside, mumbling to himself, etc., strolling by my display of free speech, it does seem permissible to have then to swallow some judgment! Silent judgment in the mind might be a little better than a vocal one.
Being fearful of how others judge you for whatever reason is an unnecessary self criticism to only pile on negativity instead of what one really needs to focus on in rising above the fray. How one interprets another’s judgment must be filtered through seeing what’s behind their negative inner programming to not see the more compassionate view and opinion. Every story has many sides open to many interpretations. What seems to be, is not necessarily the reality. It’s wiser to put the kibosh on negative judgements, particularly those initiated by another on you. An initiated judgment is like striking a match to cause a forest fire that creates a reaction/response to neutralize it, or often a wind to spread it.
Each person has either placed himself on a path they thought best, or possibly one they didn’t consciously choose but was circumstantially found to be an inheritor of, from vast riches or one who lost all possessions and connections to family (if they had one). We all are like souls drifting in space, invisible to that which isn’t giving love be it from a closed heart to god or most importantly to ourselves.