Big Idea: I’m sure there are whole books written on dissecting this idea but let’s just go with this one idea: Because we are emotional creatures, because we don’t like unresolved questions, and because 80% of self-talk is negative, we make up negative sh*t as answers to what we don’t know.
If we are having a text conversation and the bouncing dots that indicate a reply is being typed suddenly go away, what do we think? They think I’m stupid, they don’t really want to be having a conversation with me, they don’t know how to tell me some uncomfortable news, or they basically just hung up on me - right?!
Or was it because they were called away by someone else, maybe their phone rang, or maybe they got to the checkout lane and their attention was diverted.
This week, try this: Try being aware of assumptions you make about other people’s intentions. Assume the good, because it’s most likely closer to the truth than whatever lie you just told yourself.
Quote: The greatest sources of suffering are the lies we tell ourselves. (Elvin Semrad)
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