Everyone is on a journey. And it’s a journey that’s different to ours.
Some are travelling to work; some travel for pleasure, and some don’t even know where they’re going, or why. But they’re all driving off in their different vehicles.
One is in a delivery truck, and on his way to the dock with a consignment. The other is in a sports car, rushing to the mall. One is in a station wagon, taking the dog to the vet, while another zips down the side-streets on his scooter.
Mr. A takes a left at the traffic lights. Miss B is on the highway, headed East. Messrs X,Y and Z are all taking their routes to work. And Lenny is on the hard shoulder waiting for the tow truck.
Is anyone right or wrong to take their respective turning? Of course not! They had to turn to get to their destination. And if they took a wrong turn, so what? They’ll find their way there eventually.
Is the delivery man bad for choosing to drive a delivery truck? Of course not! Sure it might look nicer, but a zippy roadster couldn’t hold all of those boxes.
Would we say mean things to the despatch rider for riding a scooter? Duh! No! We understand that it makes it easy for him to navigate the traffic.
So the answer to each of these is a resounding ‘No’ and yet, we judge and criticise others.
We harbour prejudice based on the colour of their skin, their faith, their sexual orientation, their level of income and the choices they make in life.
But we’re all souls… here on a journey.
We’re all different aspects of the same One Consciousness and our individual journeys are meant to be as unique as we are.
Our uniqueness, our quirks and our ‘differentness’ is the only thing that we have in common!! So being different is very much a part of the bargain.
We each chose the perfect ‘vehicle’ for this lifetime.
And we’re all taking different routes because we’re all headed for different destinations and experiences.
So why is X wrong to take a right at the roundabout? X is not on the same journey as Y, so how can we compare? And why must we criticize?
Maybe we’d be smart to understand that when this journey ends and the new one begins, the roles might well be switched. And maybe we’d do better to just learn to accept our differences.
Maybe, just maybe, we could learn to be kind to one another and just enjoy the journey.