Friday, May 8, 2009
Lesson #2: Don't Judge
Mom always used to say she admired the way I would reach out to "the underdog", but she never realized I learned that lesson watching her.
When I was young there was a sister in our ward who sought Mom's counsel on a regular basis for the emotional difficulties she was facing. I was obviously never privy to those meetings, but I do know how busy Mom was. A widow trying to raise two very active kids on her own while helping her ailing parents is never an easy task, yet somehow she always found time to help this sister, to just be there for her and listen.
She never had many close friends and yet she seemed to be a friend to everyone. She always reached out to the hearbroken, brought meals to the sick and elderly, gave extra time and attention to the misfit teenagers, and never showed impatience with those who had speech impediments.
Thank you, Mom, for showing me that beauty lies within the person, not without.
"You never know what's inside somebody until you open them up and take a look."