How many people do you know that are able to humble themselves enough to admit when they’re wrong?
What kinds of situations are there where someone might be wrong?
Well, I just had an incident last week. I sent something I found on the internet to someone. The person I sent it to said it was fake news. I usually do my homework when dealing with things found on the internet, so I insisted it was real. Funny thing, this time I didn’t really check. I’d seen similar things like it before, and they’d all turned out to be true, so I figured this one was true, too.
The next day, I had to admit I was wrong. I contacted the person I sent the item to and let them know.
Another time, there was a person who I absolutely despised. I thought the behavior of this person (AB) was atrocious and arrogant. I said I’d never behave the way AB behaved.
I didn’t put myself in AB’s shoes and had judged self-righteously. Over time, I learned some things about AB that I hadn’t known before. I found my perception had not only been wrong, but was manipulated by what someone else said. I had to admit to everyone who I complained to about AB, that I was wrong. I surprisingly found that AB was someone I could like and respect.
Note: In the interest of anonymity, please pardon the awkward writing in this post.
This is not about pointing fingers at social media or anyone else, but about re-examining what we believe to be true. I find that when I admit to my own error and apologize, I can forgive myself and let it go.
So much of society judges self-righteously, without listening . . . without self-reflection . . . without humility. Are we being manipulated by media and social media? If so, shouldn’t people stop to think before they follow blindly? Can anyone humble themselves and admit they made an error in judgment? I think this needs to be done, because divided we fall. Together we win.
Have you ever had anyone admit they were wrong to you? Have you ever had to admit you were wrong?