That Was Interesting

July 15, 2019

Interesting perspective in this photo by sergio souza on Unsplash

I have a judgmental brain. Whenever something happens to me, I want to slot it away in either a “good” or “bad” mental filing cabinet. There are many problems with that, including that few things are entirely good or bad, and it’s often unclear what the long-term outcome of any one occurrence will be. Sometimes things that appear positive end up being negative, and vice versa. Good comes out of bad all the time…and yes, vice versa.

Much of that has to do with our own perspective, how we see things.

Instead of immediately jumping into judgment about the goodness or badness of something, I’m experimenting with the phrase, “That was interesting.” It’s a way to at least hit the pause button before judging—or most likely getting upset—to give myself time to think instead of simply react.

I’m not the only one with a judgmental brain. Our world is filled with hotheaded, all-or-nothing folks, who don’t allow for any sort of nuance. Who believe in “my way or the highway” and refuse to listen and learn from anyone else. If they (we) would respond with “That was interesting,” we might be able to understand others better, and even find common ground.

This is just something I’ve been thinking about lately. What do you think? Do you have any tools you use to avoid making snap judgments, or to stay calm in the face of the unexpected or unnerving? Please share!

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  1. Yes, that is something I've struggled with most of my life and probably always will. The best "technique" I've come up with is to remember the quote (at least I think it's a quote but I don't know who said it), "Nothing in this world is good or bad until we attach a label to it."

    Easier said than done!

    1. Amen, Laure! It's an ongoing challenge for sure.

  2. Good words for today's times especially. It helps to be reminded to just step back and take a deep breath and try a new perspective! Thank you for helping us all do that!

    1. I hope I can help in that way, Elizabeth. Thank you for pausing to read and comment. Have a happy day :).