The World’s Sport


I would like to talk about the world’s greatest sport. No, it is not football or soccer, nor is it tennis or golf. I talk about the world’s greatest sport, judging. Oh please, don’t be shocked. We judge others all the time. I’m not sure if we are really good at it, or if we are just persistent.

I am guilty of it, and I believe most others are as well. And yet I have learned something. Something important, and something I should share. This is pretty much a secret so don’t tell it to anyone other than everyone you know. Almost everybody gets judging wrong.

No, really, it’s true. Until you live the other person’s life, with everything they’ve had to go through, and with everything they needed to attempt for their survival both mentally and physically, you do not know. And therein lies the failure of most people to judge correctly.

If you judge somebody else by your life, by the standards you keep, by the reasonings that you have developed, you’re going to judge them wrong. I’m not saying everyone is right. I’m not saying people do only good and righteous things. I am just saying that until we delve into a background of another person, you have little to judge for their reasoning and actions.

Right now, you’re getting ready to pummel me with questions about mass murderers, those who abuse and take advantage of gender differences, those who steal millions, and the guy who keeps cutting you off on the freeway. And that is fair enough. If they break our laws, they are remanded to the judicial system. At that point, we are not judging them. We are prosecuting them for their actions.

It is too easy to judge someone, because we are jealous of their money, or power, or fame. It is also easy to judge someone because he/or she is beneath us and we feel we have righteous ability to hold it over him/or her. Quite often, we judge people who we think are judging us, even if the proof just isn’t there.

Think of how much brainpower, stomach acid, and stress we could save by not judging others we do not know about and concentrate on the one person we do know about. Ourselves.

Just one mean old master sergeants thought. Have a great day.

Author: Mike Balof

Mike Balof, MEd, develops intensive, interactive courses which have helped contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to better represent themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and to identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Mike now turns his talents to helping fellow veterans reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from months to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone. Everyone has the opportunity to retool and find the career they want. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities, and means with a full plate of options for learning.

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