Thursday, January 18, 2007

About Judging..

One night there was a woman at the airport who had to wait for severalhours before catching her next flight. While she waited she bought a bookand a pack of biscuits to spend the time. She looked for a place to sitand waited. She was deep into her book, when suddenly she realized thatthere was a young man sitting next to her who was stretching his hand,with no concern whatsoever, and grabbing the pack of cookies lying betweenthem. He started to eat them one by one. Not wanting to make a fuss aboutit she decided to ignore him.

The woman, slightly bothered, ate the cookies and watched the clock, whilethe young and shameless thief of biscuits was also finishing them. Thewoman started to get really angry at this point and thought "If I wasn'tsuch a good and educated person, I would have given this daring man a blackeye by now."Every time she ate a biscuit, he had one too. The dialogue between theireyes continued and when only one biscuit was left, she wondered what was hegoing to do. Softly and with a nervous smile, the young man grabbed thelast biscuit and broke it in two. He offered onehalf to the woman while he ate the other half.

Briskly she took the biscuitand thought, "What an insolent man! How uneducated! He didn't even thankme!" She had never met anybody so fresh and sighed relieved to hear herflight announced. She grabbed her bags and wenttowards the boarding gate refusing to look back to where that insolentthief was seated.

After boarding the plane and nicely seated, she looked for her book whichwas nearly finished by now. While looking into her bag she was totallysurprised to find her pack of biscuits nearly intact. If my biscuits arehere, she thought feeling terribly, those others were his and he tried toshare them with me. Too late to apologize to the young man, she realizedwith pain, that it was her who had been insolent, uneducated and a thief,and not him.

How many times in our lives, had we known with certainty that somethinghappened in a certain way, only to discover later that it wasn't true? Howmany times has our lack of trust within us made us judge other peopleunfairly with our conceited ideas, often far awayfrom reality. That is why we have to think twice before we judge others.Let's always give others the benefit of the doubt before we think badly ofthem.

Hmm..things we always forget...

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