If you're new to SCU on Sunday mornings, here are the rules...there aren't any.
I always go off-track trying hard to stay focused on not being focused - at least not on photography. Writing a post about topics miles away from the business most of us are in, has become therapeutic. I often cross the line into areas that are personal and according to the "experts," should not be shared in a public forum. *sigh* The experts don't know my mantra:
I do it because I can;
I can because I want to;
I want to because you said I couldn't!
I've been using Luminar 2018 on a lot of older images in my archives. As a result, I'm finding images I haven't looked at in a long time. The one above is a perfect example. We were in Georgia with our son and daughter-in-law, and this is the end of the Appalachian Trail, or the beginning if you walk south to north. There are two big oaks, and hikers have memorialized their adventure by tossing their worn-out hiking shoes into the trees.
Well, it got me thinking about that old expression, "You can't judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes!" I get the meaning, but lately it seems to be a forgotten concept. Too many people are into instant fulfillment these days, needing to judge immediately. I never thought the idea of innocent until proven guilty had an expiration date.
I'm not talking about the horrific things that make the news, but how people interact with each other on a daily basis. I'm referring to people who make assumptions and pass judgment without ever knowing the facts. They thrive on a lack of forgiveness, empathy, and respect.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Remember, it's Sunday morning, and I already warned you I was headed on a journey a long way from photography! The bottom line is I'm tired of people who live to crush somebody's spirit. I'm tired of people who judge others without knowing the facts. They not only don't walk a mile in their shoes, they don't even try them on!
Sheila's been a student of the Course in Miracles for many years. In the process, I've picked up a little of the course, which essentially categorizes how we react to life into two directions - everything is based out of love or fear (anger, resentment, judgement, hate, anything but love.) It doesn't matter what your religious beliefs are, we can do so much better with more love and less fear. I'm tired of dealing with people who deal from the fear side of the equation. Just like frustrated parents with young kids, it's time to give them a "timeout."
Don't judge me by the chapter you walked in on.
Wishing everybody the perfect Sunday and one filled with the people who mean most to you. Make it a day filled with love, peace and yes, I sound like a flower-child from the 70's! Better yet, I don't really care. Be happy and go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs and most important of all, go back to the early 60's when nothing was open on Sundays, and you just spent time with your family and friends!
Thanks for joining me - Happy Sunday!
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