Welcome to Wednesday Word, a weekly linkup for everyone, not just health and fitness bloggers. Each Wednesday you will have a single word prompt to write about. Let your imagination run free and share with your readers your interpretation of that word, or simply use it as inspiration for your post. Today’s word is judgmental….. I’d love to have you link up, and if you do, please remember to follow my six simple rules.
Judgmental – tending to judge people too quickly and harshly
Being judgmental doesn’t look good on anyone. I should know, I used to be way too judgmental. And then about eighteen years ago I met someone – someone who became a close friend and who never said a bad word about anyone. Through observation, I realized that she looked for the good in everyone, and accepted them for who they were. She didn’t judge, she accepted. What a wonderful trait my friend had, and how beautiful it made her. It was delightful and refreshing to be around her.
Since becoming friends, I have tried very hard to emulate her kind ways. I try to look at others and accept them for who they are, and not expect them to be or act a certain way. I strive to follow the motto that if I don’t have something positive to say about someone, to say nothing at all. I do my best to refrain from being sanctimonious when deep inside I want to disapprove. I do my best…
Believe me, I’m a work in progress, and I’ve found the following tips useful in helping me become less judgmental:
- Look for the good in everyone
- Accept people for who they are
- Don’t expect others to be just like you
- Embrace differences
- Be understanding
- Get to know the whole person
- Don’t expect others to follow your set of rules
- Don’t look for flaws in others to feel better about yourself
As a trainer, I have found being non-judgmental to be very helpful. I work with people of all ages, shapes, sizes, abilities, and motivational levels. It would be easy to judge someone for any of these traits which don’t measure up to society’s expectations, but that’s not my job. My job is to listen, to help set goals, and then devise a plan to help meet those goals. My job is to educate and motivate, not judge.
I think it’s normal for everyone to be at least a little bit judgmental. I’m just trying hard not to be, but as I said, it’s a work in progress…
What tips can you share that help keep you from being judgmental?
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Next Wednesday’s Word: Energetic
Happy Running! ~ Deb