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I just read a daily Spark blog by INDYGIRL that gave me pause to think. How biased am I?

While INDYGIRL is specifically addressing bias again fat people and the problem that it seems to still be politically correct to do so, what about all the other biases and bigotry we may carry around with us as completely excess baggage?

Do you look down on someone because of their race, sexual preference, income level, social status, mental or physical disability, perceived intelligence level, the way someone dresses, a food, drug, or alcohol dependency, or for any number of other reasons? How would you feel if someone looked down on you due to superficial bias?

I have been reminded many times that a reason for our existence is to love and be loved, and that is all. How can we love if we are passing judgement on others? When is the last time you walked a mile in someone else's shoes? We are all individuals worthy of respect, including our own. We have no idea how devastating our biases can be on those it is directed toward.

For this one week, try and set aside any of your biases and really see a person in front of you. There is no need to pass judgement, and there is no need to accept an individual. Just let that individual exists without negativity, rancor, criticism or unkind thoughts in your head and heart.

Again, we all just want to love and be loved. Love yourself enough not to lower yourself to the level of bias and bigotry or to allow yourself to be judge, jury, and executioner. Someone else already holds that position, anyway. And then there's karma. Are you acting in such a manner that you would want to have your own karma return to you? Are you up to this challenge?

Happy Days come from a limitless well I can drink from whenever I choose - Petra Van Baar

I thank God for all His Blessings on me,
And the mercy that He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed. - Michael Combs

Wishing you love, peace, joy, and blessings, Judi

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