I refuse to judge others, point blank. I have never walked a mile in their shoes, I don't know their life experiences, and I have no right to think that my opinion is fact.
I wish I could say that philosophy has always permeated my life, but alas, it hasn't.
I used to be one who would talk about others, not understand where they were coming from, or think that I had all the answers about people's lives. (Gulp, that was super hard to admit that I had those ugly thoughts and feelings.)
Maybe I've mellowed over time, finally learned a thing or two, or maybe I've simply gotten old enough that I no longer care to get caught up in others' drama.
What I do know is that once I finally figured things out, my life has gotten so much more rich, peaceful, and content. I live my life, enjoy each day as it comes, and want the best out of life for everyone I come into contact with.
There are definitely those with which my personality doesn't mesh, and that's okay. We don't all have to hold hands and sing, "Kumbaya". And, if someone chooses to pass judgement on me personally or professionally, I too, have a choice to make. My choice is that life is too short to worry about it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.