[00:00.30]Walk a Mile in My Shoes|[00:02.99] Have you ever heard the saying "walk a mile in my shoes?"|[00:05.97] I think it is a very good saying.|[00:08.15] Do you know what it means?|[00:09.77] It means, that before you judge someone,|[00:12.25] you should put yourself in his or her position.|[00:15.49] For example, if someone was running in a race,|[00:18.66] and they did very poorly and came in last|[00:21.65] it wouldn't be fair to say, "oh, he's just a terrible runner."|[00:25.50] You would have to look at all the circumstances|[00:27.93] that made the person lose the race.|[00:30.17] Maybe they pulled a muscle in their leg the day before;|[00:33.59] maybe this is their very first race;|[00:36.51] maybe they are not in good form|[00:38.44] because something isn't right in their lives.|[00:40.99] There can be so many things that affect a person's life,|[00:44.29] performance and moods.|[00:52.56] If someone was very quiet at a party,|[00:54.98] you couldn't just assume that they weren't friendly.|[00:57.66] You don't know what is happening in their lives.|[01:00.46] They could be feeling ill,|[01:02.14] or they might have just had a bad experience.|[01:04.69] Nobody can know exactly how another person feels.|[01:08.73] Even if someone tells you|[01:10.48] what he or she is experiencing,|[01:12.65] you still won't fully understand|[01:14.46] what is going on inside the other person.|[01:17.26] Everyone perceives and feels things differently.|[01:21.05] To walk a mile in someone else's shoes is to try|[01:24.60] and understand things from that person's perspective.|[01:27.77] We are all shaped by the events|[01:30.26] that have taken place in our lives.|[01:32.93] No two people have gone through the exact same things.|[01:36.35] So, before you are quick to judge someone,|[01:39.48] stop and think about what it is|[01:41.47] that they might have gone through.|[01:43.40] You won't always understand why people do what they do,|[01:46.82] but you can try to understand and put yourself in their position.
Learn by Listening Level 2
Learn English By Listening Level 2 Unit 027