I’ve decided to get myself a little bit more organized. So, I was searching around on the internet for a daily “to-do” list form – something that could help me focus in a little better on what I need to get done each day. I found this great sheet that has all kinds of little places to write things… including getting stuff done and even a place to track how much water I drink (love this feature!). I really think this sheet will help me stay on track! What I really love about it, though, is there is this place for you to write your daily inspiration, motivation or encouragement… and for me it is a no brainer to use this as a place to write down inspirational quotes and sayings!
Here’s the quote I wrote down for today:
“There is little room left for wisdom when one is filled with judgment.” ~ Malcolm Hein
In some ways this quote seems a little hard-edged… at least to me. I mean, a person reading this might think I was judging them for being judgmental! But that isn’t why I picked this quote. I mean, really… we’re human, after all. That is kind of a function of our ego. I think we should continuously work towards putting aside that function, but the reality is, we aren’t going to escape it – not entirely. And sometimes, we really need to rely on our ability to make judgments. We may prefer to call that discernment, but it is only through our ability to make judgments that we can discern what we want to let into our lives and what we draw boundaries against. That’s healthy.
So, what was I thinking then. How is this an inspirational quote? Well, I wrote it on my to-do list because I want to remember to mind my own business each day. I strive to not sit in a place of judgment of my fellow human beings. Each person has their own struggles, and I know, in my heart of hearts, that each person truly is doing the best they can. Whether I agree with what they are doing, or whether I could get behind what they are doing, or whether I think it is wrong or right… It really isn’t my business. I think I can accomplish more towards my own goals and my own vision and dreams (and gain more wisdom) if I stay focused on myself. And if I have compassion and strive to love others, I can live a happier and more joy-filled life.
But there is another reason I chose this quote to add to my inspirational quotes and sayings list… because I want to remind myself to not be so harsh on myself… to quit being so judgmental of myself. I’m not perfect. And I can’t be. I can only do what I can do each day. I can only set my goals and do what I can each day to move closer to completing them. And I just have to be gentle with myself. When I judge myself, I not only don’t leave room for wisdom, I don’t leave room for me.
So, I hope you will take this for what it is… my pick to post for today in the Inspirational Quotes and Sayings category. Just a gentle reminder to not be so harsh on ourselves, or on others… to leave room for wisdom… and leave room to just be.