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Quick to Judge


On Sunday I went to the gym for the first time in a while. I did a bicep and tricep workout and then decided to run on a cross trainer to get my heart rate up. As I was running, a man approached me and asked if he could run next to me. Irritated, I nodded in consent hoping that would be the most of our interaction. He got on the cross trainer and immediately started trying to get my attention. From the corner of my eye I saw him waving his hands at me. I glared ahead and pedaled even faster trying not to acknowledge him. Finally, he tapped me on the shoulder and as I looked over at him he smiled and said, “Thanks for letting me run with you!” At this point I realized that this man had a disability and I immediately felt awful about my initial reactions to him. I smiled at him, told him he was doing a great job, and we ran side by side for the next 20 minutes. Eventually he tired out and left but not before wishing me a wonderful day. As I sit here and reflect on this experience, I realize that I am sometimes quick to judge which in turn can be hurtful to others. I certainly don’t mean to hurt anyone, but by closing myself off to people I don’t know, I may convey an attitude of apathy – the exact opposite of what I want to. I want to spread love and light and in order to do so I need to break down that hard pessimistic exterior that gets in the way. It’s so easy to get stuck in your own little bubble and to be unwilling to let anyone else in. I know I don’t have to start working out with strangers every time I go to the gym, but the next time someone asks to run with me, I’ll say “Sure, wanna race?”

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