The Tragedy Of Assumptins
A few days ago in the village, I went to an event, a house-warming ceremony.
When I entered the compound, I saw some village elders I knew sitting in one corner. I went up to them and started to great them one after the other.
I shook their hands, even with the ones I didn't know until I got to one man.
I didn't know him and when I extended my hand, he ignored it. After a few seconds, I withdrew my hand.
I felt very embarrassed and angry. Embarrassed for myself and angry at the man.
What was he feeling like? I thought. All those other men accepted my greeting, older men even. And to my knowledge, I hadn't done anything wrong. I gave him a very scornful look, greeted the remaining men and went to take a seat.
Now, even after I sat down, I was still pissed. I kept stealing glances at the man to see how he would react to other people.
Then I saw it...
He was blind!!!
He eyes were opened, but he couldn't see at all! The other people who came in to greet him had to touch him first, then take his hand if they wanted to shake hands with him.
Now my embarrassment level tripled. In addition to that, I felt stupid, very stupid. I was still angry, just angry at myself. I felt like that till I left the occasion.
Assumption kills like poison. Any small thing, we assume...
Someone doesn't pick up our calls, we assume he or she is avoiding us or is up to something...
Someone doesn't give us the money we asked for, we assume he or she is stingy and wicked...
Once we are turned or rejected, we start assuming...
We don't put into consideration what the other party might be going through.
The guy that promised you money might get into a financial situation a day before he's supposed to give you the money.
The person that didn't pick your call was probably in a meeting or too busy at that moment, or even sleeping. They might not be in a mood to answer your call.
But we just assume instead... because it's easier and it tends to make us the good ones
Give someone benefit of the doubt... make an excuse for that person
It's not always as it seems.
In one way or the other, we have all been victims of this situation.
Hope this article be of good benefit to us all.
Thanks for reading... Peace out!