“One Man’s Trash”: Why We Should Uplift and Not Condemn One Another

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Never condemn anything. The energy of condemning implies separateness. –Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Power of Intention

The other night, I was watching a nature show. Sometimes when I’m hanging out with the family, we get tired of all of the animated cartoons, so we turn on the nature channel. It entertains the baby and gives husband and I a reprieve from “Curious George.”

The program featured the environment around Great Salt Lake. Apparently, it’s packed with brine flies. They were showing swarms so thick it that the sky turned black when they took flight. My skin crawled at the sight. I could imagine the scene and I shuddered. My first thought was, “Gross!” And then I even felt a gag crawling up my throat.

Immediately, the announcer said, “But to one creature, this is heaven on earth.” And then they featured a scene of a sea gull running along the shore of the lake with his beak stretched wide open. He was gobbling down an “All-you-can-eat-buffet of flies,” as described via the emcee. I started laughing as the bird looked totally thrilled with the situation.

The lyrics of one of my son’s favorite songs from this past year, “Thrift Shop”, popped into my head. “One man’s trash that’s another man’s come up.” A “come up”, according to UrbanDictionary.com, is “a bargain or a find that is of value to the finder.”

And then so did the quote above from Dr. Wayne W. Dyer about never condemning anything.

This is a truth that is ever present in my life: the wisdom of never judging. No sooner do I place judgment on something than the Universe will instantly give me evidence as to why I shouldn’t partake in such folly.

The truth is we can’t possibly understand another person or creature’s life. We’ll never know what it’s like to walk in someone else’s footsteps. Sure, we might relate to others. We might even have a lot in common with some. But at the end of the day, we are all living our own lives. We are each making choices based on our feelings in the moment and the faculties available to us. And while we are all connected, we are also all unique.

You’d think being in an industry like yoga that this would be a no-brainer. The word yoga, after all, means union. But you might be surprised how often different yoga “brands” take sides against one another. It’s inherent in the capitalistic business environment to be competitive — unfortunate, but true.

It’s incumbent upon us to rise above this temptation to condemn. I vote for uplifting one another, no matter what. Who can you uplift today?