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Judge and juror

June 4, 2009

I was recently asked to decide the winner of a screenwriting competition. While exciting, it's also a little ironic since I just made a resolution to stop being so judgmental! For the past eight months, I have been more focused on my weight than ever before, and, as a result, have noticed everyone else's eating habits. I scrutinize their carts at the grocery stores and listen in when they're placing an order at Starbucks or a restaurant. And if I decide that their choice is too high in calories or fat, I silently judge them for it.

It seemed harmless enough until the other day, when the cashier at my local supermarket eyed the six-pack of beer I was buying and joked, "I've seen you in Shape—you shouldn't be drinking that!" I knew she was kidding, but it still stung. I hated having to defend myself to her. It also made me realize that what I was doing was just as bad. There are so many factors that go into how someone looks, and it's unfair to look down on them for one item in her grocery cart or a single entrée choice at a restaurant. So while I'm happy to render an opinion in the script-writing competition, that's where it stops.

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