Story by Carole St-Laurent
We are all judgemental at some point…
That is to say, haven’t you ever misjudged someone maybe because of their skin color, social status, handicap or even size?
Society is often judgemental, placing labels on others and marginalizing them unfairly.
Even if someone “is” a certain way, it does not mean he cannot change for the better.
In fact, who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Plenty of elderlies go back to school for the simple pleasure of learning or to finish what life didn’t allow them to accomplish.
Anyone can fundamentally learn something new or change if they have a deep desire for it or a strong will.
Besides, even the most stubborn of all cats can learn to do tricks in exchange for some treats.
Old ways of thinking
People often wrongly judge, or tag others simply based on what they see.
The saying “Never judge a book by its cover” is so very true when it comes to people.
For example, many folks frequently underestimate the potential of others and will unjustly label them with a condescending adjective.
Thus, an obese person is labeled as lazy. A homeless is labeled as ignorant. Handicapped people are labeled as dimwitted.
Stereotyping is an old way of thinking, passed on from one generation to the next.
We need to teach our children that it is never too late to do or learn something new.
In other words, no matter their circumstances, physical abilities or skin color, they can be and do whatever their heart’s desire.
For instance, it is not because you come from a family of hunters that you cannot become a vegetarian.
Someone that looks like an old scary grumpy man, may turn out to simply be a lonely elderly man in need of some company or an attentive ear.
We are so often very judgemental simply based on appearances.
Yet, if we took the time to get to know the individuals just a little bit, we would discover a myriad of fantastic and interesting qualities about them that we would have otherwise never doubted of.
The misunderstood Piranha
Likewise, she makes him see that she is not afraid of him or his reputation.
Consequently, she sees his underlying qualities that even HE had long forgotten and buried deep inside of himself.
The piranha and the goldfish is an ideal book for parents who want their kids to learn about acceptance, making friends and the importance of not being judgemental, because things are not always as they seem.
Additionally, they will discover that there is good in everyone.
It’s a very colorful picture book with big lettering, making it very enjoyable and easy to read for children and grandparents alike.
It makes for a wonderful gift to read aloud together at any time.
Our wandering mind
To get back to the point, we all need from time to time to monitor our thoughts.
As such, we need to think about what we’re thinking about.
For instance, we often go along thinking things about other people, judging them, and we don’t even realize it.
However, we need to look for the positive instead of the negative.
Namely, passing judgments is a negative habit, and it is essential that we avoid stereotyping.
Conversely, we also need to stop judging ourselves.
Finally, we must focus on our own lives and remember how it feels like to have judgment passed upon us.