A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry is not very clean”, she said.
“She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, The young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
“Look, she has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her how?”
The husband said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
It is easy for us to look at people and judge the way they do things. In business, as well as our personal lives, we must make sure that our looking glass is clean. Perhaps there is something that is clouding our vision.
As Alexander Pope said, “The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.”
As with all things in life, there is a balance. Some people use a 1000X magnifier on themselves, while others barely use one! Be careful not to judge yourself or others harshly. We are all on this journey together.