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Challenge Your Assumptions

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Folks, I needed to take time out from packing, sorting, and moving-type stuff to tell you something I’ve found to enrich my life immensely.

What is it? The need to constantly, constantly challenge your own assumptions.

“But why, Barb?” you ask.

We live in an increasingly polarized world that seems to be filled with echo chambers.Many people only associate with those who agree with every single thing they say — whether it’s online or offline, that means their own assumptions are not getting challenged.

And that’s not a good thing.

You see, if you don’t challenge your own assumptions now and again, you’re being intellectually lazy. And that’s boring…plus, it shows that you haven’t thought everything through. That may lead to problems later on that could be exploited by others for their own gain, or at least for your own detriment.

That could be embarrassing. At best.

So that’s one reason to start challenging yourself and your assumptions.

Another reason is that if you are willing to challenge your own assumptions, you may be able to have friends with different beliefs than your own. Then, you can learn from them — maybe they learn from you, too? — and you become a wiser, kinder, and better person overall. (Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)

So, that’s why I try every day to challenge at least a few of my assumptions…I may stay with the ones I had originally, or I may not, but either way, I’m not living an intellectually lazy life.

And that matters.

Anyway, back to moving work, already in progress…

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Written by Barb Caffrey

October 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

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  1. Oh No Barb.

    You don’t have to “challenge your assumptions”.

    It’s other people that have to challenge their assumptions. 👿

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    October 27, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    • I try to challenge mine, too, Paul. I would rather try to meet people halfway, if I can.

      Barb Caffrey

      October 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      • I was trying for mild sarcasm.

        There’s a certain breed of writer who thinks it’s their “job” to challenge other people’s assumptions but don’t challenge their own assumptions. 😦

        You’re not one of those writers.

        Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

        October 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      • Thanks, Paul. Hey, mild sarcasm is good. We need that. 🙂 (And thanks for the compliment.)

        Barb Caffrey

        October 27, 2016 at 3:58 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland.

    Kate McClelland

    October 29, 2016 at 5:15 pm


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