Before Looking Down

Quotes and Notes #167, April 20

“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all of the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald—

It is easy to look down on someone who is maybe not quite as intelligent as you are or who is less fortunate in one way or another. It is easy to think of someone as less intelligent when, in fact, they are less educated.

It is easy to look the other way when we see someone with a physical disability or when it is obvious that someone needs sustenance, or shelter, or clothing. It is easy to silently dwell on our own problems while someone is telling us of theirs.

But with a bit of practice, we can learn to view these limitations in others with feeling, with caring, or with understanding.

And it all starts with sharing a smile

And realizing that Everything is going to be all right

John P. Schulz

“Sweetie Drives on Chemo Days.”


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