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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Judging the Self and Other People

I just read the article below on judging others and the self. The article was written by John Schwary who is a recovering addict with more than 24 years of sobriety. He is the CEO of the TLC Outpatient Clinic located at 32 S Macdonald Street in Mesa, Arizona.

If you live in Mesa and want to get into treatment, you can contact John at (480) 666-8670. You can read John's blog Recovery Connections here.

I have been communicating with John via email for nearly a year and he has been incredibly helpful and insightful. He truly wants to help addicts turn their life around. He'll even accept you If you don't have any money.

Judgment

"Love is the absence of judgment." Dalai Lama

I often find myself being judgmental. Not just of others. But also of myself.

And, I ask myself where this comes from? Part of it might be my family upbringing. I had a large family, seven aunts and uncles. And it was a pastime - when I was a kid - for everyone to sit around and talk crap about each other.

There was never anything right about anyone. They either made too much money. Or thought they were better than. They were ugly. Fat. Or stupid. They didn't know how to live or, for that matter, do anything else right. The list would fill an encyclopedia.

Even though that was the atmosphere I grew up in, I like to think of myself as above that stuff. That I've grown beyond. But somehow, like weeds popping up in a garden, judgments intrude in my life. It takes no effort on my part; they just appear.

I stop this immediately as soon as I catch myself. The remedy is always acceptance. Whether I'm judging others or myself, acceptance immediately stops me.

My goal in life is to not waste my time on anything negative. And judgment of self or others is the ultimate waste.

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