In yesterday’s blog, Do Not Assume, we explored the danger of assuming you know something about a situation or situations without making direct inquiries. Someone I knew had commented to me about an assumption he’d made regarding a friend’s (let’s call him Don) current challenge.
Because of confidentiality, I couldn’t reassure him that Don was, in fact, doing extremely well and in a very positive place about reinventing himself. I couldn’t even suggest that instead of talking to me about his concerns that he might want to call Don directly and check in to see how he is doing. It was a glaring example of how assuming that someone’s life is a certain way is not helpful on any level.