This line of thinking, on the complexity of life, and of human experience, has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. I’ve been occasionally sifting back through old journal entries and came across one from almost a year ago that mirrors what I’ve been thinking about now.
Here’s an excerpt for you:
Human experience is so vast, and so diverse, that we as individuals will only ever be able to experience, comprehend, and participate in the tiniest fraction of it. Look around you in awe, and accept that you may not understand things fully, and you may not know what’s best.
It is impossible to ever fully understand another person’s life. You are not them. This is not an excuse to make assumptions, it’s a reason to acknowledge that they have their reasons for behaving the way they do. You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to like it. But you do have the capacity to refrain from judging them, and to be compassionate above all. We may not be perfect, any of us, but we have the ability to care.
It’s my guess that everyone has felt at some point that they were judged unfairly because the other person made assumptions and didn’t take into consideration that they didn’t know and understand everything about your situation. What it’s like to be you. What it’s really like to experience your life as you live it.
I am not always perfect at “practicing what I preach.” But keeping this philosophy as a core belief is so very important to me. It reminds me that I need to listen, to try to understand before acting, and that it’s important to acknowledge other people and their agency in making their own decisions for their own lives.
Do you have any thoughts and experiences in regard to this way of viewing the world? Please share, I would love to hear them.
With love always,