Assumption. I am guilty of this quite often.
Sometimes I just take things as they are. Total assumption. Not quite projecting that there might be something else. I do it with most people. Take them at face value. I don’t even think that this is necessarily a bad thing.
But if you do take things for granted it might stifle your ability to recognize that there are other options or ideas.
When I first arrived in Malaysia, to the newly constructed place I would be calling home, I had been on the road (up in the air) for a day and a half. I couldn’t wait to hop into the shower. You all know that first shower after airline travel. So wonderful!
So I fiddled with the faucet to get the temperature just right. I turned the handle towards “red” since that is the worldwide symbol for hot. Yes, you can just nickname me “Red.” Anyway, I kept it as far away from “blue” as I could since we all know that blue is cold. Like if you are swimming in the Atlantic Ocean for too long kind of hue.
It never warmed up. I assumed it was because there was no hot water left in the tank. But I stayed inside the shower. Because airline travel does that to a person.
My husband walked into the bathroom and asks, “How does it feel?”
I replied, “It feels great but there is no hot water.” I do believe it was the sound of teeth chattering that alerted him to the situation but I can’t be sure.
He said, “Of course, there’s hot water.” And he reaches in and turns the handle towards the “blue.” And it starts to warm immediately.
Apparently three different faucets in the house were improperly installed. So when I want cold I have to turn lever to red. And when hot is required the lever is at blue. Got it. Over and out.
But the fact of the matter is this. I just assumed that the temperature indicators would be correct and therefore did not even think to explore other options.
So, for me, assumption is so 2012. I am done with it. At least I presume I am.