We all experience misunderstandings. We assume that someone has heard or understood us when they haven’t. We expect them to think on the same wavelength as us and they don’t. We expect that people will respond in the same way to an event as we would. We presume that someone acted in a particular way when they had a different motive.
These misunderstandings can lead to resentment, fallings out and anger if we allow them to fester. If we decide that our assumptions or presumptions are correct we can build up an incorrect story around the events that unfold and start to feel hard done by or hurt as the story builds in our mind and memory.
‘Sumps’ are dangerous! How to avoid this? Clear communication beforehand obviously helps. Check out our assumptions or presumptions. Talk. Listen. Hear.
Be blessed, be a blessing.
I like these slogans for American businesses (allegedly):
– Plumber “We repair what your husband Fixed.”
– On the trucks of a local plumbing company in NE Pennsylvania “Don’t sleep with a drip, call your plumber.”
– Door of a plastic surgeon’s office: “Hello, can we pick your nose?”
– At a Towing Company: “We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”
– On an Electricians truck “Let us remove your shorts.”
– In a Nonsmoking Area ” If we see smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action.”
– On Maternity Room Door “Push, Push, Push.”
– At an Optometrists Office “If you don’t see what your looking for you’ve come to the right place.”
– On a Taxidermist’s window “We really know our stuff.”
– In a Podiatrist’s office “Time wounds all heels.”
– On a Butcher’s window “Let me meat your needs.”
– On a fence “Salesman Welcome, Dog food is expensive.”
– Outside a Hotel “Help! We need inn-experienced people.”
– At the Electric Company “We would be de-lighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don’t you will be.”
– On the door of a Computer Store “Out for a quick byte.”