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Assumptions

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Generally we have so much confidence in our own observational skills that we tend to make assumptions about virtually everything. Our assumptions about what our senses are telling us regarding everything around us and assumptions about what our brains are telling us of our communications and analyses are made every second of every day. Most of the time we can operate well using these instinctive reactions to physical and mental stimuli. At other times these assumptions built around our reactions don’t work  as well. When I took the picture above I had wondered and watched for  some time whether that was an  animal or not on its own little island and had to get quite a bit closer to decide which was true. Since I was there I could tell whether this was sunrise or sunset,  with the sea or a lake in the background, but others will make their own assumptions and without meeting me it doesn’t matter if they’re right or wrong. Although  the assumption is still there and may be wrong, being right or wrong doesn’t change anything essentially.

We also assume many things from written and spoken language styles, the order in which things are put, and what is emphasized. This is how we develop our own individual styles of telling truths from lies, facts from fiction. And it is all based on assumptions. This  is not a bad thing at all; we wouldn’t be able to function without the ability to connect one thing to another and coming up with a vision of or solution to something vital to our existence. It’s not a dreadful thing to be wrong about what we assume, we would not be able to learn anything new if we were always right. The beauty of mistaken assumptions is the opportunity for growth. We must make assumptions and be correct the majority of the time, but must also make mistakes so we don’t remain static as human beings. But we make our own mistakes and learn, and must not malign others for mistakes you see them making or are about to make. Would you rather work on your own assumptions and mistakes or spend your time critiquing others?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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