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Celebration - Here’s to You

This man impacted many lives. He left this world a number of years ago but I still have warm feelings when I think about him followed by a flood of emotions.

I met Junior at a very low point in my life. I was a mess but he drew me in with his compassion and he helped heal my heart with his kindness. We met at a neighborhood bar and this cool cat was always there at “His” pool table with a smile on his face. In the almost 10 years we were friends, I never saw him upset or say a harsh word to anyone. He was always shaking the guys hands and complimenting the ladies.

He was old school so we didn’t agree on all topics but that didn’t matter. We respected each other’s beliefs but never tried to force our opinions on the other. He allowed me to be me, the good, bad, and the ugly. He was one of the first people to show me unconditional love.

He loved to people watch, he loved people. We spent hours and hours watching people, talking and laughing. Enjoying life. He was my biggest cheerleader, a life coach of sorts. He was a Christian which I was surprised to find out he knew the Word of God. I’m not sure why I was surprised, the Bible says you will know them by their fruits. He had some really good fruit, as far as I’m concerned.

No matter how much I loved him, because he was in a bar. I judged him. When I realized I had done that, it broke my heart. I never treated him differently but I had judged him, a judgment based on limited facts. That’s what’s happening around us today.

Take a moment and check yourself. Are you being judgmental? Are you stereotyping? I challenge you to find kindness in your heart and love.

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