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What Are Your Blanks Filled In With?

Signs Of Confusion

I drive up to the ATM. My mom hands me her card and tells me her pin. After I enter all the information I mistakenly hit the fast cash key. The amount of money she wants to withdraw is not presented on this screen, so I have to ask her for her card again.

She hands it to me slowly with a puzzled look on her face. I complete the transaction and pull away from the ATM.

At the red light, my mom finally speaks, asking, “Why did you need the card again? I’d think the person inside would still have the information.”

“Inside, mom? We went to the ATM.”

“Yeah, the person who works in the ATM,” she said.

The light changed. Cars were honking behind me. I’d just been sitting there slack face, for a long moment, trying to determine if she’s pulling my leg.

No. She. Was. Serious.

When I asked why she thought a person worked in the ATM, she said, “a car was always in the parking lot.”

She then took what she knew – at the time all the ATM’s we used were incorporated into the side of the bank building, very near the drive through windows.

She formed a conclusion based on an assumption, coupled with knowledge she knew to be true.

Together they helped her form a faulty conclusion that she held until the summer of 2008.

She does’t believe any one works in the ATM’s now.

It’s easy to fill in the blanks with what we see in front of us, what we’ve experienced and form what we believe to be truth.

But they are just half truths.

We can’t actually dispel these half truths and stories we tell ourselves until we see them for what they are – misconceptions, assumptions and faulty conclusions.

What misconceptions, assumptions and faulty conclusions do you have when it comes to being madly in love with your life, as it is right now?

4 Responses to What Are Your Blanks Filled In With?

  1. I love your analogy here! So relateable – you set us up for the great point you make at the end. Great writing and a great question to think about.

  2. I have to admit I had a laugh at your poor Mom’s expense, which I suspect you did, however silently. A great lesson there as well. Thank you for it.

  3. Eula,

    It’s so easy to make assumptions and then treat them as though they are the truth isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by.