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Jumping To Conclusions - You Never Know Where You Will Land

I read something the other day and it really stuck in my head. Never jump to conclusions because you never know where you might land. I believe that saying to be so true. You could be walking down the street and see someone and completely dismiss them because of how they look or how you perceive them. Meanwhile, they could be one of the nicest people in the world you just never know.
How about when we haven’t heard from someone for a long time? Could be someone we may know but not very well and all of a sudden they reach out. Most of the time this may result in us jumping to the conclusion that person is looking for something or wanting something from us. I am guilty of this misnomer.
In some cases we can be very quick to dismiss a person as we may think they are only reaching out because they want or need something from us, so why bother. Speaking from my own experience, you shouldn’t immediately dismiss a person because of a hunch you may have.
I had a former co-worker reach out to me recently. He was asking me for a favor. He was wanting me to connect him with one of my LinkedIn connections. Now, we weren’t great friends at work however we were acquaintances and we would exchange pleasantries and minor chit chat when we did see each other so I thought sure why wouldn’t I help someone if I am able.
In messaging back and forth, I learned his wife works and has worked at art galleries in the area and he asked me if I would like to be connected with his wife as he knew I was a photographer. He told me the art gallery she works for is looking for a photographer to do some pro bono work for them as they are a not for profit gallery. I gladly accepted his offer and in doing so he had also stated he would speak to his wife about the possibility of getting my art work into some galleries or at the very least she could provide me with info and guidance on how to go about doing so in the proper way.
I guess my point is, we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss people in any situation. One, it’s always nice to help someone out who is in need and two, you just never know who this person might know that could perhaps not only return the favor and but may be able to help you out when you need it. There is not cost for kindness, share it!

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