Never Judge A Book (you know the rest...)
So I came to my favorite Starbucks again to find my motivation, and to just step away for a bit. I was browsing around Pinterest as I often do when I'm just lookin around for different ideas, and I stumbled across this:
To me, this is just a more eloquent way of saying that you should't judge a book by its cover. But if you really think about it, how often do we really do this? Daily? I'm probably guilty of this more than I'd like to admit. And a prime example of this is back in 2004 when I met my best friend, Stephanie. We were both hired as Servers at this small family owned restaurant. And because I already had previous experience, I was paired along with Stephanie to train her. I took one look at her and automatically conjured up her entire existence in a matter of 10 seconds. I mean really, blonde....flawless makeup....hair perfectly set in all the right places, and I swore she had a boob job. I was pretty reluctant, because I'm not really one to carry someone's attitude on my back, and from what I saw, she was full of attitude, but I went ahead and started training her. A few days went by, and I realized that she picked up on things VERY quickly, which was great for me cause I hate repeating myself. She held her own weight and was a hard worker, which I also liked. And as I got to know her, I found that we were a lot alike. We both have this same sarcastic sense of humor. She's the blonde version of myself.
We had become very close over the years. We both found comfort in the simple things like just goin to IHOP for breakfast, or goin to the pound to look at the cats and dogs. Things that I'd swear nobody else would be into, SHE was into. This was exactly what a best friend was supposed to be. She really understood me and never judged me for any flaws I had. She later went on to become my youngest daughter's Godmother, and I gave her Stephanie's middle name.
Sometimes I think about how different my life would be if I had stuck to my judgements. I would have missed out on one of the greatest friendships I've ever known. I probably would've missed out on tons of blessings in my life had I not accepted certain things. And even now, I'm thinking about how I can be just as easily judged. I've even heard some people's first impressions of me before they actually got to know me, and I must say, it's not all flattering. But just like I said in a previous blog, I'M A WORK IN PROGRESS!
Even though I don't lose sleep worrying about what other's think about me, I AM concerned with what type of light I shine. I want people to see me as a warm person, inviting, humble, kind, funny, etc.... And if I'm right, then you should be able to look at my tree and tell what type of fruit I bare.