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Today’s topic is a lesson to be learned by all of us and you guys have no idea how emotive I got while writing about it, especially because we also have an amazing story today. Well, whether we like it or not, looks and appearance are things that are considered very important in our society. First impressions are based on how someone looks, and people often comment on the appearances of others. “That guy is so short!” “That girl has so many pimples; gross!” It is unfortunate that people make snap judgments of others based on how they look; often, they don’t even know the people they are talking about. It’s time that we stop judging people based solely on their appearances and time that we start focusing more on people’s personalities instead.
Judgments on how a person is shouldn’t be controlled by how they look; these are things that are outside of the person’s control (or would be difficult for one to change). People can’t change their height, and things such as nose shape or face shape could only be changed with drastic measures such as plastic surgery. Acne can be difficult to control even with medication; people may have trouble losing or gaining weight. When it comes to things like body shape or condition of one’s skin, it is easy for people to say that they “aren’t trying to fix anything.” In reality, you have no idea what they are doing. The overweight person may go to the gym every day and work out. The person who is underweight may be trying to build muscle mass. The person with bad acne might be trying out different types of prescription medicine in order to see what works. Also, everyone is aware of their flaws. They know if they weigh too much or too little or have bad acne. There is no need to point these things out to them. Unless it is something that a person can fix in an instant, such as food stuck in their teeth or lint in their hair, there is no need to mention it.
Let me tell you an interesting story about it and OMG, I always get so emotive when I hear this story… It teaches us so much, it’s so valuable and I hope you can make the most of it:\
A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared by the store owner’s sign.
“How much are you going to sell the puppies for?” he asked.
The store owner replied, “Anywhere from $30-$50.”
The little boy reached into his pocket and pulled out some change.
“I have $2.37,” he said.
“May I please look at them?”
The store owner smiled and whistled, out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said,
“What’s wrong with that little dog?”
The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn’t have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited.
“That is the little puppy that I want to buy.”
The store owner said, “No, you don’t want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I’ll just give him to you.”
The little boy got quite upset. He looked into the store owner’s eyes, pointing his finger, and said,
“I don’t want you to give him to me. That dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I’ll pay full price. In fact, I’ll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for.”
The store owner countered, “You really don’t want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies.”
To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, “Well, I don’t run so good myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!”
Sorry guys, OMG I guess that’s the first time I cry on my English Bites, sorry!
OMG I love that story. Guys, how someone looks on the outside doesn’t determine their worth; it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Don’t you agree with me? Next time you hear others mocking the way someone looks, don’t encourage it or laugh. Don’t feel the need to chime in and make comments yourself. Instead, put a stop to it. We need to start judging people based on their kindness, their generosity, and their character and put an end to judging people based on their body shape and faces.
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