I pride myself in usually being pretty open and accepting of people. I’m always the one who understands where people are coming from. I love every person for who they are. So, why am I rambling about this? Well, I am sad to say that I recently didn’t abide by these beliefs of mine. Very embarrassing! When my family was here from the states last week, we all went out for dinner to a really nice restaurant. These outings always make me so happy! Anyways, once we had sat down and gotten comfortable, our waitress came over to take our orders. I’m really not usually one to judge, but I just couldn’t help noticing that she didn’t seem too friendly and was actually slightly unresponsive. “Weird”, I thought, “I wonder what her problem is?” It turned out that some of my family also felt the same way and so we quietly discussed our opinions. Very validating when people agree with what I think! But then, just a few moments later, the waitress had come back and openly explained to us that she had trouble hearing and so we would need to speak louder. Oh my goodness, I felt super awful! I couldn’t believe I had so quickly jumped to my opinion and was so close-minded. If only I had given her a second chance, I would have quickly realized this truth, but instead I immediately judged her. Very unlike me, and it was definitely a great lesson for me. It is true folks, please “try not to judge a book by its cover”, as they say!