Be careful about the conclusions you draw

May 9, 2019 | 22 comments

Are you quick to give the other person the benefit of the doubt, or quick to blame and accuse?

Here’s a fun video to watch with a pertinent moral lesson.

“A Lesson of Charity”

22 thoughts on “Be careful about the conclusions you draw”

  1. I love it! I have a long story but I’ll spare the details about something that happened yesterday that ended well because I was quick to give someone the benefit of the doubt instead of speculate on reasons for why things were happening. The confidence that our intentions were good and mutually blessed resulted in an apology from the person and a satisfactory compromise that allows us to move forward together to keep an agreement.

  2. What a great short video. How many times do we find ourselves in that sort of a situation. Thank you, Evan. Wonderful video.

  3. True story:

    A Buddhist monk lived on a winding road in the U.S.. Every morning, he walked along this road to his temple. The drivers of passing cars waved and smiled, except one man. This man gave nothing but a stony stare.

    “What a grumpy man!” the monk thought. “Maybe he’s prejudiced against Buddhists.”

    The monk realized what he was thinking, and reprimanded himself. “Silly monk!” he said to himself. “Everyone has a heart of compassion. There’s nothing wrong with this man. There’s only something wrong with your perception!” He resolved to see this man correctly.

    Soon after, he thought he saw the man raise his pinky finger in response to his wave. Some days later, two fingers. Then his whole hand! Finally, a smile.

    A few weeks later, this very man came to pay the monk a visit.

    “I wanted to thank you for being so kind,” he said. “Some people misjudge me. Last year, I got into an accident and lost the use of the muscles in my face and left hand. The doctors said I’d never regain their function. But you were so overjoyed to see me that one day, I could feel my pinky finger twitch a little in response! From then on, I’ve been on the mend.”

    1. Great video and I love the Buddhist monk story. What a blessing! Thank you so much for making my day more beautiful. Happy Spring Flowers and Birds, <3 <3

  4. Loved it! How humbling.
    And Jay, another great story to remind is not to jump to judge.
    Thank you all for your loving insight everyday!! Ali

  5. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh;”
    Psalm 2:4

    Fun lightening up a bit with y’all!

  6. Wanted to add that I loved the Buddhist monk story. We never know what someone else is struggling with, and love and kindness have good results.

  7. Hilarious! And what a good and funny lesson for that man in humility. What kindness from the other man. It’s also interesting to note how different in appearance these two men are. How would we feel if one of them sat down next to us? Would we entertain different thoughts regarding one over the other? Thanks Evan, for the humorous but pertinent message.

  8. Evan and Jay thank you both for the two powerful messages presented in two ways. Loved the humor in the video. Made my day!!! True reminders to “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

  9. This says so much on so many levels, especially about ourselves. I laughed out loud at myself and my perception as I went through the video believing the absurd lie about the monk. Should we laugh at mortal mind — YES! It is absurd also! Thanks everyone!

  10. that was fun. Taking the time to see our thoughts and how they dictate what we see can run right past us.

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