I have learned that making assumptions can really get you in trouble. In my professional setting I was talking to a patient who was sitting next to a woman that appeared to be 20-30 years older than him. I assumed it was his mother.
Everything would have been okay, if I had just kept that assumption to myself. Instead I felt so certain about my assumption’s validity, that I acted on it.
Me: After we are finished with the procedure I will come out and talk to your mother to let you know how it went.
Paitent: How are you going to talk to my mom?
Me: Well, I walk out to the waiting room, I find your mother and then I talk to her. You know, with my lips.
Patient: You don’t know what she looks like.
Me: Of course I do, she is sitting right there.
Lady sitting next to the patient: I’m not his mother, I’m his wife you idiot.
Me: Ha ha. That’s a good one. You are clearly not his wife. You look way too old.
Lady sitting next to the patient: Seriously?
I find that I make assumptions about many things. I assume that I am funny. I assume that people understand exactly what I mean regardless of how confusing my words are. I assume that other people don’t like raisins either. I assume that I told my wife about the important dinner for work and that we need a baby sitter. I assume that I will never back out of the garage in the new van before the door has been able to open all the way on our way to a Super Bowl party.
Assumptions occur in church and with God as well. I used to assume (and perhaps still do) that I have it all figured out when it comes to theology, God, and church. I would see issues in black and white and would not allow for gray areas. I would assume that there was something incredibly wrong with people who did not see it exactly the same way as me. I would then act like a jerk.
I do not have assume how much it is going to cost to fix the garage door. The repair man came by, and I asked him, and then he told me with a smile on his face.
Have you ever made an assumption that resulted in an embarrassing situation?
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