Some might expect that the highlight of this past year would be a family wedding and it was. But something else happened quite unexpected wherein I was blessed to get to know a very, very interesting person. This was someone about whom I had been told negative things all my life. The telephone rang one day and suddenly we found ourselves thrust into each others lives. Just like that.
The more time I spent with this person, listened, began asking questions - the more I realized discrepancies with what I thought was true. "You know, this isn't what I've been told all these years," I said to someone close to the situation. "Yes. I know, they replied. I was stunned. "Not everything is as it appears," I mentioned to two others. "Yes. We know." And it shook me to my core to realize that I had been misled by those so close, so trusted. Why would they do that?
So many things came to mind as I thought back over the years.
1. Never assume anything.
2. It's a bad idea to make a judgment based on appearances.
3. Making judgments based on feelings is bad altogether.
4. One really doesn't know much about anything unless they were there or ask all involved.
I'm glad the phone rang that morning. It brought some terrible heartache but greater joy. I have gained an incredible friend.
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