Keep Your Windows Open

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

Working into the evening at my office, I heard the voices of a few other people down the hall, some laughter, and a few loud noises. When I left later, my peripheral vision pulled my gaze to the left and I saw one of the office windows covered with cardboard. Closer inspection revealed that the window was smashed yet still in place.

The following morning, I asked our office administrator if she knew anything about the broken window. No, she replied.

"Well, I was here last night and I know who else was here. I heard laughter and loud noises. Then when I left, I saw the cardboard on the window."

"The window was broken the night before that. I helped put the cardboard on it," she responded.

 

Wow. My assumption and conclusion was totally without basis in fact. 

I had taken what I caught, in a momentary and somewhat distant observation, and arrived at a conclusion. A conclusion that was totally wrong. 

 

It's a normal thing to do that. To see something or hear something and race to the finish, whether or not we hold the truth in our grasp. 

 

Did you ever do logic puzzles? Maybe you remember the one about John and Mary being found lifeless in a pool of water? (you have to solve who they are and what caused their demise) Or the one about the guy who lives in a high rise. When he comes home from work each day, if it's a sunny day, he walks all the way up to his apartment, but if it's rainy he takes the elevator all the way up. (you have to solve the why of that one)

 

Read any post on social media and you'll see the vast majority of people rush in with their conclusions based on a mere snippet of information. Much as that bothers me, here I did the exact same thing. I almost felt like grabbing a piece of that broken glass when the repair was done and placing it on my desk to remind me to act, not react. To learn all the facts before I jump to a conclusion. It's vital in life and incredibly important in our profession, too.

 

Not sure what you use as a reminder but maybe my story will help open your mind this week. I'm certainly going to use it as a reminder to myself because I know, life's better when I keep my windows open.

 

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James Dray
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Morning Monica.

Not knowing all the facts and to "assume" gets a lot of people cross-ways, don't you think?

Jul 21, 2019 03:05 AM #1
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Kat Palmiotti
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I do think there are often missing facts that we aren't aware of - and we base any conclusions on only the things we do know. It is important to try to gather all the facts first. Great reminder.

Jul 21, 2019 03:14 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Monica - jumping to conclusions is definitely not a part of a good fitness program or enhancing life's experience.  

Jul 21, 2019 06:27 AM #3
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Hi Monica Hill it's so become the norm for folks to jump to conclusions no matter how ludicrist they sound, people do. The other week while on 'watch my neighbors home' while they are out of town, low and behold I drove by and garage door was open. WHAT?  I jumped out of car, looked around and decided to ring the doorbell. I was just about to call 911 as nobody came to the door - who I thought would pop their head out if they had been robbed, I don't know but I had to do something. Then, a few minutes later one of the neighbors came out and I'm sure my look of surprise took him off guard. I said - you're home a couple of days early??  They had forgotten to tell me in the rush to get home as their father was sick and in the hospital. Tjhankfully it was that simple and the Dad is doing fine now.

Jul 21, 2019 03:25 PM #4
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Hi Monica- we're all human and most of us have been guilty of rushing to judgment. It's something I'm always working on. And Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 I had something very similar happen to me with our neighbor across the street. He was out of town but I did not know that she did not go on the trip. 

Jul 21, 2019 07:00 PM #5
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