I did this while riding in the car with my boss as I listened to him battle his day over the phone. I naively see myself as an empathetic person, but there are so many instances in my day-to-day life where I am shocked when I learn something new about a person that I did not see before. I am naturally a judgmental person – not because I am know-it-all, but because I am genuinely intrigued by human lives and interactions. I am curious about what is going on in a person’s brain and why they act/respond the way they do. This causes me to pass judgement too soon because people are so complex and hardly ever show all of their colors at one time. It is important for me to sit back and digest what I am taking in and look from all angles instead of the 2 dimensional view I have at any given moment.
I digress – it was an emotional day for me at work, so my brain is in overdrive trying to make sense of it. Today I am back on track. I consider the previous paragraph my journaling time. I almost went bare-faced today – and honestly got very close – but I decided to test those waters this weekend.
Have you been on this journey before? Any suggestions to keep the momentum up?