Assumption is at the heart of 


many conflicts and fights in 


which we can find ourselves.

What real evidence do we have


 to support our notion?


The difficulty with assumptions is that we can 


believe them to be true. We make assumptions


 about what other people are doing or thinking


 and take them personally. Then we blame them


and respond with emotional poison in our words.


That's why, whenever we make assumptions,


 we're setting ourselves up for difficulties.

Because of assumptions, even the 


best relationships are impaired, if 


not destroyed. Unchecked 


assumptions can lead to disaster!


The cost for assuming the good, bad, or ugly can


 become a painful circle of misery for all involved.

 Have you ever formed negative opinions 


about a person or a circumstance based


 on information you thought was correct, 


but later learned to be incorrect?

Our assumptions are the facts we accept without


 examination. We should always be skeptical of 


our preconceptions. We take our intellectual 


blind spots for granted.

A huge percentage of us are operating on faulty


assumptions. Assumptions are generally the


 source of, disillusionment, frustration and 


disappointment.


False assumptions lead to incorrect conclusions, 


which can lead to incorrect actions... and major


conflicts and clashes.

There may be miscommunications between 


people... and side-liners will, occasionally, 


hit the ground running with this sizzling bit


 of news. They are eager to accept what they


 want to assume.


Assumptions can soon become self-sustaining.


This is especially true when we do not pause to


gather our facts.



Many disagreements and clashes start with 


unchecked assumptions and erroneous 


judgments. It just takes a minute for ridiculous


 beliefs to take root. One irresponsible person


 or a tiny clique can spread these false perceptions


 like wildfire.



Then, there are those who are known to exaggerate.


Before the news gets old... things pour on, either


inadvertently or on deliberately, and the situation 


evolves into a conflict.



These clashes and conflicts dilute and/or nullify


 any good that may have existed prior to the


wrongful trigger.

The narrative of Job is a typical example 


of reaching the erroneous conclusion based 


on incorrect assumptions.



Job's friends applied a correct principle


 incorrectly by assuming that Job's suffering was 


caused by his sin or disobedience to God. 


Rather than consoling Job, his friends condemned 


him. They thought Job needed to be corrected 


rather than comforted.



Who needs adversaries when


 you have comforters like Job's


friends? 


🤔


Job's buddies assumed... they knew what 


was going on with him. They assumed... that 


everyone received what they deserved. They


 expected there would be no exceptions. They


 assumed... that if Job trusted in God, his 


circumstances would improve.



But, according to the first few chapters of Job, 


Job did trust God.

Our assumptions are the 


imaginative blind spots 


we overlook.


We don't examine our assumptions for 


whatever reason... 


So why not?


Assumptions are almost never correct.


We put the cart before the horse and act 


on what we find as interesting... 


"tea."



When something we believe to be true turns


 out to be erroneous, we reach incorrect 


conclusions. And incorrect conclusions can 


lead to incorrect acts. Our bad deeds can speak


 volumes and ruin another's life.


May the refinement and cultivation


 of our own lives keep us so busy 


that we never have time to criticize 


or assume the worst in others.

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