Each day, laptop and children permitting, I’ll share a prompt that’s been on my mind, and a few of my thoughts.
You are welcome to share your own perspective in the comments, or just journal it out!
What assumptions have other people made about me? What assumptions have I made about others?
Yesterday, I told Joe, “I don’t judge people for wearing or not wearing a mask. What happens is, whether they are wearing a mask or not, I decide that that means something about me. Then, I judge them for judging me!”
It’s not just with masks either. I constantly assume people have an opinion about me. And, I act a certain way toward them depending on what I think that opinion is.
I’m not trying to get political today, but what I would love to do, and what feels so needed right now, is to start checking my assumptions.
Because, how ridiculous is it that I judge others for the story that I tell myself about them?
So, here goes.
Assumptions Others Have Made About Me…
- I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and sometimes people assume I think the woman’s place is in the home. I’m grateful for a husband who feels, like I do, that parenting is a true partnership. And, I did work outside of the home with my first. Sometimes, I miss it!
- Because of my faith, people assume I’m a Republican. Because of my skin color, people assume I’m a Democrat. Truthfully, I fall on both “sides” depending on the issue. I just try to vote according to my values.
- Because of my weight, I always surprise people with my degree in Exercise Science. I love exercise, and I love the body! I know a lot about how it works.
Assumptions I’ve Made About Others…
- Once, I assumed that someone felt a certain way about immigration, because of their ethnicity. I’m still embarrassed about that.
- We have friends that I assume don’t want to be friends, because they don’t reciprocate our attempts to get together. It may or may not be true, but Joe doesn’t make the same assumption and has a closer relationship with them. Super interesting.
- Sometimes I assume my toddlers have adult logic. It always bites me in the butt 😂.
Your turn. You don’t have to say it out loud, but it’s refreshing to be honest with myself about the things that are just in my head. Even if I’m still working on changing some of those thoughts.