It’s easy to judge someone else. We do it a lot without realizing it, and even if we do catch ourselves, most of the time we keep our thoughts to ourselves to stay polite. Some people don’t have that internal filter and will say and do judgmental things without a second thought. This can lead to some fairly humiliating circumstances, and the hilarious story usually ends up online for us to share on social media!
A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside on the clothesline.
“That laundry is not very clean. Look at all of those spots that she missed! She must not know how to wash her laundry correctly. Maybe she needs better laundry soap.” The wife said. Her husband looked outside and looked back to his wife, not saying a word.
Every morning, this neighbor would hang up her laundry, and every morning, the wife would say the same thing about the other woman’s inability to properly wash her laundry.
A week or so later, the wife is shocked when the neighbor’s laundry is stunningly white and free of any stains. It was perfect! She is so impressed that she tells her husband what’s on her mind.
“Look, she finally learned how to wash her laundry correctly! It took her long enough. I wonder who decided to teach her?”
Her husband smiles and lets her in on a secret. ‘I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows. They were filthy.”
This is the perfect story to remind us that we should worry about our own shortcomings before passing judgment on those around us. I wonder how her husband managed to keep quiet for so long without pointing out the flaws in her logic? If I caught my spouse saying something like this, I would immediately say something to deter his line of thinking in the same way that I trust him to do the same for me. “Always keep your windows clean” is a good way to think about those around us. Before you judge someone else’s problems, examine your own. I really like this comparison.
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