So, there's a joke that I think is funny.
I heard it again recently which made me think...
Here's the joke:
Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize that person, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.
I still think the joke is funny, but it makes me think about the original proverb which goes something like this:
Don't judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Don't judge another person's life until you've been forced to live it.
I don't normally partake in New Year's Resolutions because they usually have something to do with things that I never really am able to change, like only eating chocolate once a month or losing 20 pounds, but this year, I have made a resolution to myself that I will do my best from here forward, not just in 2009, to not judge (to myself or out loud) the actions of others by my own standards.
An excerpt from the Paulo Coelho Quote:
"... It's one thing to feel you are on the right path, but it is another to think that yours is the only path."
I will do my best to embrace the good in people and, to preserve my own sanity, if I cannot embrace only the good, I will walk away.