Don’t Waste Your Time

11 Aug

“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading to the same place, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only person wasting time is the one who runs around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.”  ~ Hindu proverb

It has always fascinated me that some people can be so exceedingly judgmental of others.  Nothing another person does is correct in the eyes of a judgmental person.  I think those people act that way because deep within they know they are lacking.

When we spend time judging others, we have little time left to focus on ourselves.  With little time for ourselves, we cannot make the changes necessary in order to grow emotionally or spiritually.  Focusing on the perceived faults of others also makes us feel that much more bleak because a constant focus on fault leads to negativity.

I have known too many people in my life who have internalized negativity to such an extent that they can no longer be positive.  They dread the day ahead.  They have very little hope.  They always assume the worst.  Even when the worst doesn’t come about, they indicate that it probably will the next time and they cannot even enjoy the present win.

Instead of focusing our energy on others, let’s use that same keen energy on ourselves.  Look deep within and determine what is wrong with ourselves rather than with others and make a plan to change.  Once the plan is made, enact it.

When we straighten out our own lives, we will be in a much better place to pray for those — rather than judge those — who are working on their own lives.

FAITH ACTION:  Judge no one today.  Concentrate on your relationship with God and pray that others find their own way to Him as well.