We all know what can potentially happen when you "assume" something. Assumptions can lead to unfortunate and misguided understandings. The best way to correct an invailid or incorrect assumption is to make sure all infomation and details are shared regularly and with accuracy. Assumptions occur when true information is not forthcoming. Behaving professionally isn't for everyone, especially when that professionalism is based on being forthright.
My mom lives in Vegas and I am visiting her this week. Yesterday, while waiting in the "returns" line at WalMart, she was approached by someone who smiled widely and said assuredly, "Oh I know you! You sing and dance, don't you?"
She answered yes
, well, because she does, but not in the way
that she was asked, as in the, you're someone famous, aren't you?
Pretty soon, there was a small crowd gathering around her. No one asked her name, they just went on and on about how pretty her skin had stayed and
what a great smile she had and
what great shape she was in... It was quite funny and she loved telling us all the story later, She never did figure out who they thought she was but she found great joy in playing along.
It was assumed that she was someone worth knowing and while, of course she is, would she have been cooed over had she come clean and said, "I don't think I am who you think I am"
? One person had initiated the conversation with an assumption and others joined in because it seemed like the right thing to do, given that this woman, my mom was someone "famous."
After all, no one wants to miss out on meeting someone famous... I'd love to to have been a fly on the wall of that person as they told their friends that they had met someone famous in line at the WalMart.
"Where have you performed?
" Oh all over, here and there.
meaning: my kitchen, the small stage, the bathtub, Indiana, California and of course, Vegas..., Here and there.
While we are each famous in our own right, the influence we can have on others can be for good
or for bad
and, as in this case, for fun.
However, there is always an opportunity for that affect to be profound.
We take with us each day the ability to influence through assumptions. Be very careful with this power and do not use it for evil. At the same time, it is wise to be mindful of what you, in turn, assume about others or situations. For the assumer is the fool, not the other way around. I can only assume you know what I mean.
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