A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.
The next morning, while they were having breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hang the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean,” she said, “she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
“Look! She has learnt to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows!”
And so it is with life…
What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the medium through which we look, the purity of the instrument through which we perceive. Before we question others, we should make sure our own vision is clear and heart is pure.
Before we criticize, it might be a good idea to check our own state of mind and ask ourselves if we are ready to see the good rather than looking for something negative in the person we are about to judge.
Remember to love first and never judge others.
And oh yes! I almost forgot…
I see you today much clearer than I did yesterday…
Lord Jesus: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Gospel of Mathew ch. 7, v. 3-5)
“इन्सान घर बदलता है l
लिबास बदलता है l
रिश्ते बदलता है l
दोस्त बदलता है l
फिर भी परेशान क्यों रहता है ?
क्यों वो खुद को नहीं बदलता ?”
“A person changes his house,
Changes his dress,
Changes his relationships,
Changes his friends,
Yet why does he remain troubled?
Why doesn’t he change himself?”
Mirza Ghalib, a great Urdu poet and philosopher: