Misunderstandings will happen, but left unchecked, can be the root of unnecessary emil….I mean, evil.
As a very young girl hearing the Lord’s prayer, Mom thought the Lord himself was rendering a strong
warning about her neighbor, Emil, and possibly anyone else of the same name. “Lead us not into
temptation but deliver us from EMIL…”
This single consonant mis-hear instilled in her a fear of Emil, and made her question her safety in the
world, until someone showed her the erroneous interpretation of what she THOUGHT she heard.
In fact, Emil was not at all evil, but a rather excellent person, as the name’s meaning suggests.
The real evil, in this case, was mom’s faulty belief about him, based on a false interpretation.
But this is often how it happens. Negative beliefs form from misunderstandings & faulty interpretations.
Thankfully, the error in mom’s thinking was corrected fairly quickly, but that’s not always the case.
Misunderstandings/misinterpretations, can cause unnecessary harm in the workplace & our personal
Things aren’t always what they seem.
What we hear isn’t always what was said.
Our truth is not, necessarily, the ultimate truth.
Fact check. Reality test. Challenge beliefs.