How often have we jumped to a conclusion without really knowing all the facts? How many times in life have we made a snap judgement about another, without knowing their story? Probably a lot and really, just once is too many times.
Like the cookie thief in the following story, many times, we make an assumption about another person or a situation and that assumption, is sometimes erroneous. Consider the cookie thief…
The Cookie Thief
A woman was waiting at an airport for her hours long flight. Since her flight was delayed, she had several hours on her hand. So, she went to airport shops and bought a book and bag of cookies. She took a seat next to a man and started to read the book she had bought. While she was engrossed in her book, she happened to see, that the man sitting beside her boldly grabbed a cookie from the cookie bag. She ignored the incident to avoid a scene.
She munched some cookies from the bag and went back to her book. But the man seemed to have enjoyed the cookies way too much, he took some more cookies from the bag and started munching it.
By the passing time she was getting more and more irritated as the cookie thief finished her cookie stock. Every time she took a cookie from the bag, he took one. When the last cookies was left, the man nervously took that cookie and broke it in half . he offered the other half to the lady and smiled. The lady snatched the other half of the cookie from his and thought, “this guy has some nerve that even after eating a half bag of my cookies, he didn’t show any gratitude.”
She had been so galled by the man, and was relieved when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate. She boarded the plane and sat in her seat reading her book. She reached her hand in her baggage, she was surprised to find a bag full of cookies in it. “If my cookies are here,” she moaned in despair, the other one which she was eating from were his, and he tried to share. While she was flushed with anger about her cookies , the man was happily sharing his cookie with her. She was filled with the feeling of guilt and regret. But, It was too late to apologize.
Moral: Things are not always as they appear.Do not Judge. It is just a matter of perspective sometimes.
“Faultfinders usually are not content with their own situations in life and therefore try to make others miserable by judging them.”― Greg Gordon
The woman in this tale didn’t exactly judge, as much as she wrongly assumed. But she did have regret once she realized her mistake. But wouldn’t life be absolutely marvelous if we stopped judging and hating? Wouldn’t it be a beautiful life if we simply let love be our guiding emotion? We’re all in this life just trying to do the best we can and I firmly believe that when we have an attitude of suspicion and pettiness, it makes us unhappy people. When we lead with love, understanding and positivity, before we know it, happiness is our new normal.