We are often too quick to judge others who have made poor life choices, thinking they deserve the bad consequences that follow. Yet if we swim upstream a bit, and peer more deeply into what has led them to this point, we uncover cues for compassion, not criticism. This process can take time, patience, and a commitment to seeing the bigger picture. And when we stay the course we find that things like trauma, abuse, neglect, ignorance, and lack of awareness may have played a role.
It is a context which forms people and we, as part of society, contribute and participate in that context. When we begin to see our own responsibility in the matter, we can use our agency to promote change. Starting with ourselves, we can make decisions to support one another’s healing and restoration.
May you be inspired!