Last week Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird died. At some point in time many of us have read the book or watched the movie. It is a touching story of human nature and the pain and triumph that can occur when we let judgment take over.
Boo Radley always reminds me of my hoarders. Boo Radley was considered to be a monster. The town had already labeled him. The kids were afraid, yet they didn’t even know him. They made him out to be a crazy man capable of harming others.
As the story unfolds the kids realize that Boo had been gifting them toys and trinkets. He was trying to connect. His father was trying to prevent this all along. No one had ever looked beyond the surface and actually been curious enough to get to know Boo for who he was.
When trouble came along, Boo saved the kid's life. His true character was revealed. And what a wonderful man he turned out to be.
Boo is just like my clients who are living behind closed doors, suffering from an illness, many of us don’t understand. Quick judgements and assumptions take over.
Harper Lee will be known for her contribution to making this culture a better place. She inspired people to stop judging and get to know the real person. In a culture that is lacking compassion, we can all be reminded of the lessons she brought up many years ago.
I am reminded of a quote by Abraham Lincoln, who put it in very simple terms.
"I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.”