I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

You can’t judge a book by its cover

on November 28, 2012

This phrase originates from an article written in 1929 in the journal ‘American Speech’.   It tries to tell us that you can’t really know what is inside a book just by how the cover looks.  The cover might be quite simple, but the story might be very exciting.  On the other hand, the cover might be colourful and look inviting, but the story might be dull and boring.

It is the same for people – you can’t judge a person by the outside.  People can be very different from the picture they portray to the world because they aren’t showing their true self.   We often hide our real self because we don’t think that people will like us.

I have personally misjudged people by a first impression to later find out what a great person they are.   Speaking for myself, I appear to be shy, quiet and serious,  but once you get to know me you will find out that I’m totally the opposite.  For most of my life I was shy, but now I can be pretty gutsy and I’ve always been loud and  I laugh at the silliest things.  People don’t think I’m adventurous, but I ride horses and drive a gas scooter.

So when you look at someone, don’t just judge them for how they look, speak or act.  You may not think they are someone you would like to know, but they may be a really terrific person.  Try looking inside and give the real person a chance to come out.  We are all different and that’s what makes this world a great place to live.  Wouldn’t it be awfully boring if we were all the same?   Yikes!!!!

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