When we see someone for the first time, who do we really see? At that moment, we probably only see what’s on the outside. However, when we meet someone, what do we see? If we look deeper, can we see into the core of that person? Is it possible to catch a glimpse of a man’s spirit at that time?
I believe it is.
How far would I get with people if they saw just a man in a wheelchair? At first glance, do they see someone looking for a handout? Perhaps some do. But if they really look at me, they would see me looking back, with a nod and a smile. And that’s all I would want in return.
Yogi Berra wasn’t the greatest looking person in the world. Neither was Abraham Lincoln! My point? The way you look shouldn’t affect what you do in life. If people look upon you as if you don’t fit in, ignore them. Lincoln used to say: “If people say I am two-faced, why would I use this one?”
Taunted his entire life for looking like an “ape”, Yogi Berra was ridiculed even by his teammates. As bad as it was for him, it was far worse for black ball players in 1947. He remembers the abuse Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby took because of their skin color. They were black ballplayers trying to integrate baseball, when the whole country wasn’t even integrated. They pretended to not hear all the racial slurs heaped upon them…..like Yogi did about his looks. They chose to ignore all the snide remarks.
Turning the other cheek is easier said than done, especially when the abuse is thrown at you. It takes discipline and maturity to walk away. Being personally ridiculed is a test of character. You can’t hang your head. Take it in stride. It may hurt underneath, but you can’t let it affect your performance or your attitude or who you really are.
Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a place where we are judged on what’s on the inside?
Wouldn’t it be a better place if we wanted to be judged on what’s on the inside?