Don’t Judge

Continuing lessons learned by one night at The Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Nashville, TN.
Guilty.  I’m guilty.  I judged a book by it’s cover…twice. 

Very early in the evening there was a guy who looked the part.  He carried himself confidently, had the right clothes on, and even topped it off with a nice looking hat.  Then he stepped on stage.  He didn’t play well, didn’t mesh with the rest of his group and walked off the stage and right out the door.

The second guy didn’t look the part at all.  He arrived later with his guitar on his back, wore a plain black t-shirt, black jeans and was short and stocky, but man could he play.  About half way through one of his solo’s he took of on a scat solo. 

Scatting is an incredible skill where the musician sings the same notes that they play on a guitar solo.  Many say it requires perfect pitch.  I first remember the great George Benson doing it.

What’s the point?  Don’t judge others.  Too many people, including me in this case, are too quick to form an opinion about other people without knowing anything about them or getting to know them at all. 

Honestly, regardless of whether they step on a stage, or just do their work in the background, they deserve to not be judged and to be respected. 

Why?  Because they are human and deserve to be treated fairly.  It’s how I would like to be treated so I should do the same.

Some people may look the part and some may not, but everyone deserves a chance and respect.  I was reminded of that as I reflected on what I learned that night in Nashville. 

I’m going to continue to try and be better. 

I’m cheering for you.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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