Conclusions Are Not Like Bunnies; You Don’t Hafta Jump To Them

Yesterday, my mother had to get a vaccination.  A young man behind the counter handed her an application and when I looked at it, it was in Spanish. Now, I am a proud Latina, but I found it funny that this man jumped to the conclusion that as a Spanish speaker a) my mom wanted the application in Spanish b) she read Spanish.
Now, I want to definitely concede that even I am not immune to this behavior.  I often jump to conclusions based on assumptions without really gathering all of the information available to me at the time. But I am consciously trying to notice when I’m doing this or am about to do this so I can stop myself before I act.
I’m wondering whether this is just a condition that has been developed because of the fast pace of our world. Is it really necessary to rush to judgment, quick assessments before we’ve given ourselves a chance to shape what we want to say and do?
Recently, I was listening to a podcast where the guest speaker spoke about the immediacy of reacting negatively to new information (such as an email). Now I’ve totally done this. I admit it.
So in what ways have you jumped to conclusions only to be proven wrong?

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About Lisa Perez

Lisa M. Perez is a published poet, editor, copywriter, public speaker and artist. The co-creator of the first ever ArtSpace in Jersey City, member of IUOMA (International Union of Mail Artists), and administrator for an online Mail Art group, Lisa supports the arts and advocates for creativity. Her successful, Art Journal and "Notes from my Brain" series are ongoing projects that evolve with the artist. In addition to being an active blogger since 2005, Lisa scripts and edits copy for various online articles and videos. In September 2017, she was a guest-speaker and virtually chaired a YOGA Recovery meeting. In her spare time, Lisa studies, reads, and creates while maintaining a day job in a STEM field and being a full-time fur-mommy to her shih-tzu, Cher.
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