It’s amazing to me how we can have a misconception about people that gives the wrong perception of them.
For example, I have two small children and when I take them to the mall, store, wherever, I have a habit of profiling the people around me. I’m looking for the pedophiles, shady characters that may want to snatch my kids. Wrong of me, I know, but I’m human and I make mistakes too. So I will see someone who’s older, wearing dirty, stained clothes, a scowl and frown upon their face and I immediately try to steer my kids in a different direction.
But they, being small and innocent, beam at the person and say a boisterous, “Hi!” I clutch their shoulders and prepare for the worst, but here’s where the wrong perception comes in. I think that this person is going to say something nasty, but they don’t. Instead, their face lights up, they smile and give an equally boisterous, “Hi!” back!
I can tell you I have learned more in my 6 years of being a parent than I have my whole life. They are teaching me not to have a misconception about people because it will lead to the wrong perception of them. Not ALL people are bad, most are good, you just have to look beyond the surface to the heart underneath.