be curious

“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman

I heard this quote on the charming television show Ted Lasso on Apple TV the other night, and it struck a chord, especially during this time of significant change in our nation. The character Ted Lasso was responding to a man who was obnoxious and a bully by sharing that quote and telling him that many people had dismissed Ted in his life because instead of asking questions about who he was and what he believed, they made judgments based on their own biases and prejudices.

I’m hoping that all of us — including me — whether we consider ourselves blue or red, purple or chartreuse can set aside our judgments about each other and begin asking questions about who each of us is, what we believe and why we believe it. This is the challenge I accept for myself, and I ask you to accept it as well so that we can build a better life for ourselves and our world.

5 Comments

  1. Pat Kennedy on November 8, 2020 at 9:18 am

    That would be an ideal way to behave. But I honestly feel as skittish as a deer in a forrest, at hunting season. My ears are perked and I feel fearful. On the other hand …I am very grateful too.
    Thank You, God!

  2. Nancy C Lepri on November 8, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    AMEN!!!!! 👍

  3. Denise Almazar on November 8, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    I’ve kind of stood back and watched the people around me. I have friends that have very different feelings about the events at hand. I stand somewhat in the middle and have been whirled around by all the emotions surrounding me. After thinking through all of this, I decided to not let all this affect my life. I would like to help others. Love on those who need love.. Support those who’s causes also want to help others. We all need to be loved and cared for. We all need a kind word, or a hug (when that is allowed again). If everyone was willing to share a little care and love, this world would be a better place. I hope I can do that, even if it’s just in my little neck of the woods.

  4. Kathryn Trask on November 8, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Totally agree, it begins with each one of us. Thanks Emilie.

  5. Pat Kennedy on November 8, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    p.s. ….sorry. I misspelled forest.
    However, Sentiments still the same.
    Thank You, God. Amen.

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