Have you made an assumption, only to have it just blow up on you? This week, we want to
learn to stop making assumptions.
When I first joined the Charity Cases cycling team and committed to riding a 350-mile-long
tour to Nebraska as my first big trip, I assumed that Nebraska was flat. All of you
well-meaning people that said, “Oh, but Nebraska is flat, isn't it?” well, thanks, but Nebraska's not flat.
Now I obviously survived that particular assumption. However, every day millions of people, maybe even billions of people, make huge assumptions about other people's thoughts, motives, and character.
Don Miguel Ruiz says in his landmark book Four Agreements, “Don't make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and express what you really want. Communicate with others clearly, as you can avoid misunderstanding, sadness, and drama with this one agreement. You can completely transform your life.
Now Steve Maraboli once asked, “How would your life be different if you stopped making negative judgments and assumptions about the people you encounter?”
Well, this week's assignment is, in his own words, “Let today be the day you look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.