Thursday, July 16, 2009

I Don't Know. I Wasn't There

There are many people who struggle with the most awful life issues: drug addiction, alcoholism, abuse, mental illness, and the like. It’s so easy for us to sit in judgment. We don’t know why someone has turned to drugs or alcoholism, why they abuse or are abused, or what caused them to be mentally unbalanced. I say, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

We even sit in judgment of our government officials, particularly President Obama. You hear criticism from all sides about what he’s doing or not doing, and how he comes to his decisions. I would think that he would have the best possible team from all sides to assist him in his final decisions. There is always a bigger picture of what is happening or not happening in our government. I say, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

I read a lot of celebrity autobiographies, and what people need to remember is that autobiographies are written from that person’s particular perception, based on their beliefs, experiences, upbringing, and their attitude toward life. Some of the first autobiographical books I read many years ago were Shirley MacLaine’s books. (I give her credit for starting me on my spiritual journey. She’s the one who taught me to keep an open mind in ALL things.) Now, if you have ever read any of her books, you know she writes about some things that are beyond the normal person’s experiences. I could sit here and say she’s nuts, and things like that could never have happened. But I choose to say, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

This can be applied to any person or any circumstance. Rather than sitting in judgment and condemning someone for something we know nothing about, why don’t we instead sit back and say, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

Let’s learn to have more compassion and love for people regardless of how they lived their lives. We do not know what brought them to their current circumstances or why they lived their lives the way they did. We don’t know why they made the choices they made. There is always a bigger picture. Always. Regardless of the person or situation.

So, I say, “I don’t know. I wasn’t there.”

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