“When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth. One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth!” – Miguel Angel Ruiz [Tweet this.]
Do you know what happens when you assume something?
Have you ever proven it to be true?
The assumptions we project onto others speak much louder about who we are than those we pretend to know. [Tweet this.]
I got further proof of this recently. It was my seventh flight in four days. I was worn out, heading home from New York and blessed with an empty seat next to me. Hey, the travelers reading this know it’s the next best thing to first-class! The flight was delayed as we waited for one passenger to arrive.
A woman eventually burst onto the airplane. She carried a massive backpack in her right hand and an oversized handbag in her left; the bags hitting each seated passenger she passed. She appeared disheveled, was sweating, her hair drooped over her face and she emitted the signs of a traveler badly in need of a shower. I was grateful as her bag hit me that was advancing further back on of the plane.
A moment later, I was tapped on the shoulder, looked up, and there she was. “Do you mind if I sit here?”
Struggling to smile I said, “Absolutely not. I’ve been saving it for you.”
I stood up, she sat down and I asked where she was coming from. Her day had begun in Nepal more than 30 hours earlier. She’d hiked, then ridden a bus for over six hours and this was her fourth flight of the day. Mary was a missionary, served food to the poor and worked to educate the women of a small Nepalese village.
The more she shared the more clearly I realized how blessed I was to have a couple hours with her. I get to travel all over the world preaching love, purpose, action and how one person can literally change the world. And here was a woman who was actually living it.
I learned about her amazing experiences, her strong faith and that she was coming home for a funeral. She was returning to mourn the death of the woman who taught her how to really live: her mother.
My friends, this month we focus on the idea of “ENOUGH.”
“Enough” means embracing that what we have is really all we need. [Tweet this.] It also serves as a proclamation to stop advancing toward things that don’t matter. Enough!
My challenge to you today, this week and going forward is to say “enough” when you hear yourself making assumptions. I encourage you to yell out “enough” to judging others for not fitting into a little box. “Enough” when assuming your way is the only way. “Enough” to being too busy, self-absorbed or arrogant to fully open up to the possibility alive and well within every person and experience.
My hope for you is that before you move onto to the next email, meeting or task: you’ll embrace the gift of “enough” in your life.
Share: Can you think of a time when you negatively assumed something about a person, a group or an idea only to discover how wrong you were? Can’t wait to learn from you. Please post below in the comments.
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