After reading Dr. Michael Newton's books, Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls, I have a whole new perspective on people. Rather than going to my default mental loop of judging people or feeling pity for them, I'm looking at them as souls on a journey. I know, many people already are able to do this, but in all honesty, I've spent much of my life being judgmental. Not nice, I know, but I've learned a thing or two about myself in the process, and I've also learned a thing or two about how not to act by watching other people.
Here's my revelation in action: today I went to the post office to drop some things off, and there was this man in a pickup truck who barely dodged another car as he turned left into the parking lot. To be honest, he was a little reckless in that maneuver. Anyway, I followed him in the post office, smelling the fumes of cigarette smoke emanating from him. After he dropped off his letter and checked that it went into the slot (why do we always do that?), he turned and faced me on the way out. I saw that he was in his late 20s, with a hard, closed face, as if he were used to protecting himself from a challenging world. His clothes were well-worn; perhaps he was in a life that couldn't afford niceties, or else that was part of his protective barrier. As he passed, the judging me was unusually quiet. Instead, I heard the thought, "He's probably a younger soul having some hard lessons. How great that he gets to learn some things and grow!" As he got in his truck and roared off, I silently blessed him.
We're all on the same journey. We're all here for the same purpose: learning and growing. That's my new view from the soul level. I rather like it.