Just Ask

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shared a story on a recent podcast interview.

She had become diabetic at an early age. She learned to inject herself with insulin by age 7. Because of that and because of the effect sugar levels had on her, she always had a feeling of shame of being different.

She was at dinner and needed an injection. Going into the restroom, she noticed the room was small and someone could see her. But she proceeded with the injection. Just then a woman walked in and saw her. She finished the injection, put away the equipment, and returned to dinner.

On her way out, she passed the table of the woman who had seen her in the restroom. In a whisper audible from a distance, the woman whispered to her companion, “That woman is a drug addict.”

Sotomayor stopped with that old feeling of shame causing her to blush. Then anger replacing the shame she looked at the woman and told her, “I am not a drug addict. I am a diabetic and that shot of insulin saves my life every day. If you would just ask rather than let your dirty mind jump to conclusions, maybe you would understand.”

Just ask.

How often we all reach conclusions about other people with only a brief observation. We probably know nothing of the history or pain or even momentary preoccupation of the person.

It works with people around you and also with people of other cultures, races, genders.

2 Responses to “Just Ask”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    Amen and ouch. So easy to say amen but then realize my capacity to do the opposite! Good word.

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