Home | Upcoming Events | Services | Results
Site Map | Member Login | Success Store | Contact


Latest Newsletter
Archived by date

Inspirational articles
Career satisfaction
Motivational articles
Goal setting
Sales and marketing
Humor and creativity
Technology articles

Free monthly success tips! Enter your email address!
Email Address:
I want to receive monthly Success Harmony Newsletter from CPR Coaching Services LLC

Motivational Keynote Speaker

Comedy Shows

Public Seminars

Executive Coaching

Personal Coaching

Business Coaching

Employee motivation and retention

Management and team building

Press Room

Motivational and business resources

Book and website link directory

Contact Us


April 2004
Success Harmony Newsletter


The old woman in the restaurant looked like she must have had a stroke, although I couldn't tell if it was recent or if it had happened a long time ago. Her face was stiff and hung at an angle. Her hair seemed to be picking up bits of the yolk on her plate. Her left hand was shaking as she was trying to put food in her mouth. Each bite seemed to take a few minutes from when her fork left the plate to when it finally arrived at her mouth. She seemed like the kind of person drivers hate to see crossing the street because they have to wait until she slowly shuffles her way across. You know what I mean. Drivers either look uncomfortably straight ahead, pretending not to notice. Or they lean out of windows and yell, "hey, Grandma, get moving, I've got places to go and I wanna get there today still!"

To me, the hero of this scene in this fully-packed Manhattan restaurant during weekday lunch was the woman sitting across from the old woman. Most likely, this was the old woman's daughter. The look on her face did not have a whiff of impatience. She radiated with love and encouragement. No sense of judgment, no sense of obligation, no sense that she felt sorry for her mother in any way, no sense that she was there because she feared her mother might not be around much longer. Each time a piece of food arrived close to her mother's face, the daughter's face filled with pride. It was obvious that there was no place the daughter would rather be in that moment. Just a daughter and her mom enjoying their breakfast time together, creating a memory that would last despite the simplicity of the moment.

It is difficult enough to pay that much attention to someone who is not disabled in any way. Add a disability of any kind and few of us can claim that we can stay that present and kind with a person. But when we do, the disabilities become smaller. When we are impatient or criticize, it is as if the disabilities become bigger and bigger. If the daughter had said, "hey Mom, you obviously can't do this on your own, let me feed you", somehow the mother would become even less able. This way, as the daughter's eyes sparkled with pride watching her mother, it seemed that the old woman was probably performing tasks that were beyond her physical abilities. I could have imagined that her doctors may have said she would never be able to feed herself again. Yet there she was, with egg hanging off her hair but making miracles happen.

Maybe it is easier to say, "Of course it is obvious that you should allow a poor woman after a stroke to finish her meal, especially if it's your own mother. It is obvious that her coordination isn't what it used to be. How could you be judgmental or impatient with that?" Maybe so. But how about the numerous smaller disabilities and bad habits we are unwilling to tolerate with our loved ones and strangers alike, every single day? How about the confused driver who slows down unexpectedly as she is trying to find where she is going? How about the new office worker having made the same mistake for the fifth time? How about the person with poor English you who is slowing down the bank line-up with his inability to communicate his wishes to the clerk? How about the screaming boss who has no respect for the value of our work? How do we judge those people? As stupid people or jerks whose main job is to mess up our oh-so-important busy lives? Or do we honestly have the ability to be fully present with them? Not because we feel sorry for them or obligated to do so, but because we are interested in them.

The daughter in the restaurant taught me something and I hope I won't forget any time soon. Lack of judgment isn't about just tolerating the time with someone else who might be different than us, and it isn't about our egos and being able to say that we are good people by being helpful to others. Lack of judgment is about truly and honestly wanting to see others succeed. And funny enough, the more we are willing to see people as bigger than they might be in the moment, the bigger they become. When they do, we become bigger as well. It is as if each kindness ultimately leads back to us anyway.

So why not make today a non-judgment day? As you go throughout your day, notice when you might normally get impatient or righteous with someone. And then see if you can change your mind. See what you think that person's potential is and then hold that image out there. See what happens to them. Do their actions change at all? Do they look a little different? Notice how you feel when you walk away from that interaction. It just may change your outlook on yet another day of same-old, same-old.

Happy non-judgment day, sunshine and smiles,



To receive this free inspirational monthly newsletter, enter your email address:

Archived Newsletters



"To the world, you may be one person. To one person, you may be the world."

"It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test."
Elbert Hubbard

"Patience is something that most people want...quickly."
Doug Firebaugh




NEWSLETTER: Latest Newsletter | Archived by date | Subscribe for newsletter
ARTICLES: | Inspirational articles | Career satisfaction | Motivation and change articles | Goal setting
Communication and relationship articles | Sales and marketing | Humor and creativity | Technology articles

Home | Site Map | Member Login | Upcoming Events | Success Store | Client Results
Coaching Programs | Corporate Consulting | Motivational Keynote Speaker | Corporate Comedy | Contact

© 2002 Pavla Michaela Polcarova, CPR Coaching Services, Vancouver, BC, Canada