Judging Others and Judging Ourselves – a lesson from Longfellow

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Kavanagh: A Tale (1848)

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4 Responses to Judging Others and Judging Ourselves – a lesson from Longfellow

  1. Jeannie says:

    How funny, Tim, that we both quoted from Longfellow today! (http://prinsenhouse.blogspot.ca/2013/08/starry-starry-night.html) I did so because I’d just seen the musical “Evangeline” here in PEI the other night and was reading Longfellow’s poem, and part of it tied in with my blog post theme.

    Your quote is really interesting. I’m not sure if this was L’s intent but what it makes me think of is that humanly speaking our judgments are bound by time, whereas God is above time. So (unlike us) He doesn’t think, “Aha, you did this in the past so now I’m unable to see you without remembering that deed” or “I already know you won’t be able to accomplish that.” His view of us is so much greater. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Linda Fern says:

    Wow, Tim, how do you do that? Your quote is so very personal and to the point for me. Especially this part: “We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing..” I have a tendency to ‘look back’ and see all the things ‘I shoulda done’. Now, bless Jeannie’s little ole heart, she put the icing on the cake with God’s view of us. So Bless you both. I feel better now. My best friend is always telling me that I did what I knew to do way back when even though I think it to be rather stupid now. Live and learn.

    Yrs aff’ly,
    Linda Fern

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