We’ve all been there – thinking we know something for sure only to find out later that it wasn’t at all as we perceived. This is why in terms of law and order people are not to be deemed guilty until proven as such. When we jump to conclusions, we are merely making assumptions, because obviously we didn’t know all of the facts when we rushed to make up our minds at that respective moment.
For example, your job may be reorganizing and you’ve heard rumors about the company laying people off. You start thinking about how you may have been slacking on the job or how you were late twice last week and assume that you are being let go when the time comes. You love your job but you start looking elsewhere because you’ve come to the conclusion that you are being laid off. Your boss calls you into the office to let you know that you are doing great and in fact, you’re being promoted! An hour later, you get an offer from a job that you interviewed with when you thought your job was on the line…
When we live life knowing that all things are not as they seem and don’t assume, it leaves us and our minds open to varying perspectives, possibilities, and changes. As humans, we can react hastily under stress and form premature judgments as a result. I always say that there is always another way; this applies to thoughts, feelings and actions as well – so don’t rush to conclusions and think before you assume.
When was the last time you were quick to react and judge? How did it turn out?