I agree with Einstein, stupidity seems to know no limits. The thing is, we are all just one decision away from it. We make decisions, and those decisions make us. But I need to clarify. When I use the word “stupid”, I am not talking about ignorance, mental disabilities, or lack of experience. Stupid is when you know what is right and what is wrong, and you choose the wrong – all the while hoping nature will not run its course.
Ignorance is fixable. Stupidity, not so much. Stupid is a character issue, not a knowledge issue.
I have been stupid more times than I want to remember, and I have paid the price for that stupidity – every time! Not once did nature not run its course. Here’s how it works: Your thoughts feed your emotions. Your emotions fuel your actions. Your actions yield your results. Simple? Yes it is.
Worse yet is to make the same stupid decision over and over again. Again I have to quote Albert Einstein (at least he is commonly credited with it): “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
The news broadcast seem to always contain stories of acts of stupidity. A person is driving and texting and causes the death of others. A guy has too much to drink at the bar, gets in his car, heads the wrong way on the interstate, and kills a family of four. We’ve all heard the stories. But not all stupidity makes the news.
Take the worker who knows he/she is wasting time, not getting the job done, has been warned, but continues down the same path. Then he/she is fired, and doesn’t understand why. That person then blames the boss, co-workers, God, the devil, the alignment of the stars – blames everyone and everything except the person responsible for the decisions that produced the actions that led to the results. That is the person he/she sees in the mirror!
So, be careful when you are making decisions this week. Think deeply into what the results could or will be. Ask yourself if that is the outcome you desire.
Join me and declare this a “Don’t be stupid” week!
I thank you for reading my ramblings, and for sharing them with others.
Make yours a great day!