Recently, a good friend of mine who is struggling needed help, in the form of a job referral, from someone who chose to judge her, rather than take the time to speak to her and learn her story before passing judgment on her. Because this man allowed his personal, preconceived prejudices to color his actions, he failed to recognize an opportunity to assist someone who is not only an amazing, intelligent, and accomplished person with a tireless work ethic, but who also, unbeknownst to him, shares the same goals as himself. I believe that when people display this type of prejudicial behavior, it speaks volumes about their character, and says much more about them than about the person they are judging. I believe in Karma, and there will come a day when they will find themselves in similar shoes. I hope they do not find themselves in need of assistance from someone with a character like their own.
What I would like everyone to think about this week is how much better it makes you feel about yourself, when someone extends a hand to you for help, if you take hold of that hand instead of slapping it away, especially when that decision involves the challenge of overcoming a personal bias. That is a personal victory all day long.