Assumptions. I have done my share of assuming. Previously, I have thought I was pretty good at it. I used my own eyes and my own experiences to filter and summarize any given situation. I became keenly aware of this when a life event shifted the way that I thought and how I processed information. I am in awe of how drastically it has changed the way in which I see the world. I mean it really is astonishing. With someone else’s eyes and experiences, they may arrive at a completely different conclusion, altogether.
Truth is, you never know what is going on in someone else’s head or the experiences they have had that lead them to their action or inaction. Communication is imperative and dialogue is necessary. Being open minded to the options and possibilities is also a necessary ingredient.
Now, I make fewer assumptions and ask more questions. It helps me get a better understanding of other’s point of reference and allows me to be more receptive to their point of view.