The word for this week is JOIN. The challenge is to write for five minutes straight. Unedited and unrehearsed.
Join is not the same thing as judge. To judge someone is to choose not to join them in their pain or their disappointment. We judge at all the wrong times. We judge the man on the corner who's begging for something to eat. We judge the single mom who uses food stamps to buy groceries for her family. We judge the divorcee for 'giving up' on his/her marriage. We judge the silent for having nothing to say. When we, when I, choose to judge in situations like these, I miss out on joining that person in their pain. I miss out on walking with them through a critical moment in their life. I miss out on being the person to help rather than hurt. There are appropriate times to judge those we have relationships with but usually, we miss those too. We cannot JOIN someone on their journey if we are too busy judging their past.
This one was a hard one to spit out. Thanks for reading, friends. And thanks for stretching my brain, Lisa-Jo Baker.