It is the peak of show season once again. It is the time when kiddos put all their hard work on the line to be judged.
Will their project or animals make the cut?
Show season is a lot about being judged. We want to impress the judge who is judging our projects, we want to impress the fans in the stands, and we want to impress ourselves.
The judges are constantly looking at the overall composition of the project or animal. Basically, the winner is chosen on the project with the least amount of imperfections.
This got me thinking about judging in our everyday lives.
We strive to be the best. Sometimes we get so fixated on the imperfections that the good goes unnoticed. It is so easy to allow the demands of society to shape us into what we think we should be.
We are constantly being judged at our jobs, how we raise our children, and sometimes on how we present ourselves.
How many times have you felt like you were being judged? Or how many times have we been the person judging?
I have judged someone based on their outward appearance, and at times I have felt that I was being judged. In-fact, to be honest. I was judged at one point in my life by a group of people and it tore me down to pieces. I was in a very sad state, all due to the words of people who were judging me without knowing my reasons.
Sometimes judging is inevitable. We are judged if we do not have a certain amount of income, if we do not raise our children the way society finds acceptable, for women we are judged on our outward appearance of weight, clothes, shoes, and at our jobs we are judged on our performance.
Judging is all around us.
One thing we can agree on is everyone is different, we may have similarities but everyone is different. Before we judge we must know that everyone is fighting their own battles some of which we do not see. Some are struggling just to make ends meet, or just to make it through the day.
Picking out imperfections in people can destroy relationships and confidences. Just as a child enters the show ring, they are being judged on their animal’s appearance, but we do not see the trials and tribulations that child went through to get the project to where they are today, the late nights, the early mornings, the tears, the lessons learned.
Let’s all take a break from judging and realize we all have different struggles, most of which others do not see.
It is important to take a step back and instead of judging, we should take the time to compliment. If we found one compliment to give each day, the world would be a better place. So many people want to judge the actions of others, or the person in general that we neglect to see the good in others.
Finding the good in every situation makes for a brighter outlook. It helps us enjoy the life God has given us. The ultimate judge is God, and we should live to serve Him and not the world. We should enjoy this life, and pass on kindness. Once act of kindness can mean the world to someone. One simple act can change a person’s life.