Think About It by Raffy Canare

Think About It Article 001 | Judgmental 😶‍🌫️

Walking into a room filled with a multitude of people can be a daunting experience for anyone. The inevitable self-consciousness we feel in such situations can lead to a sense of being judged by those around us. However, this personal narrative aims to reveal a valuable lesson about the nature of judgment and its impact on our behavior.

The Encounter:

It was a typical Tuesday evening when I found myself stepping into a room buzzing with excitement and conversation. The air was thick with anticipation, but as I crossed the threshold, an unsettling feeling washed over me. In that precise moment, it seemed as though the entire crowd had redirected their attention towards my arrival. It felt as if the spotlight had suddenly turned on, and every eye in the room was trained intently on my presence. My heart pounded, and I instinctively began to question my appearance, attire, and even my worth.

The Echo of Judgment:

In a desperate effort to evade the preconceived judgment of the crowd, I quickly made my way towards a corner of the room, seeking solace in the relative comfort of anonymity. Yet, as much as I yearned to blend into the background, I couldn’t help but notice a peculiar pattern emerge. It struck me that the very judgment I feared from those around me was betraying itself through the actions of others.

Observing the Behavior of Judgment:

With a renewed curiosity, I decided to delve deeper into this peculiar observation. As I glanced around, taking in the variety of individuals filling the room, it became evident that the same insecurities and apprehensions I felt were reflected in the behavior of those around me. The crowd, motivated by their own self-consciousness, appeared to be in a constant state of assessing one another, immersed in a cycle of judgment and perceived judgment.

The Lesson Unveiled:

During a momentary lull in the room’s energy, a realization dawned on me. In our desire to escape the perceived judgment and criticism of others, we inadvertently end up projecting our own insecurities and judgments onto those around us. We are all deeply interconnected in this intricate web of judgment, both as perpetrators and victims. It became clear that true liberation lay not in escaping judgment, but in recognizing its flawed presence and our own participation in perpetuating it.

The Shift in Perspective:

With this new insight, I decided to alter my approach and redirect my focus. Instead of fixating on the fear of judgment, I resolved to engage with the room full of individuals from a place of empathy and compassion. By consciously acknowledging my own judgments without allowing them to guide my actions, I found a newfound freedom from the weight of others’ gaze. In turn, I witnessed the ripple effect of this shift, as the atmosphere around me gradually transformed into one of acceptance and genuine connection.

My concluding thoughts:

Entering a room filled with a sea of judgmental eyes can stir deep within us a fear of being misjudged and scrutinized. However, my personal experience in such a gathering revealed not only the universality of these emotions but also the powerful influence of our own judgment on our behaviors. Recognizing this paradigm has helped me cultivate a greater sense of empathy and compassion towards others, challenging me to break free from the cycle of judgment and fostering a more inclusive and understanding world.

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