As children, many of us learned the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her encounter with the Big Bad Wolf.

But did we learn the WHOLE story? Let’s stop and consider this question for a moment…

From whose point of view did we hear Little Red Riding Hood’s tale? It’s a question worth pondering.

You never really thought about it before, did you? You just accepted the story — and it’s moral — as TRUTH, didn’t you?

So did I, until I read The Maligned Wolf today. Take a minute or two to read this very brief story, which appeared in the article “Conflict is a Story of Perception” on Tammy Lenski’s Conflict Zen blog.

In my opinion, here is the REAL moral of this story: How often do you accept someone’s story as TRUTH without taking the time to hear BOTH sides?

More importantly, how often do you accept THE STORIES YOU TELL YOURSELF as truth, without going deeper to see if your reasoning is flawed?

Do you tell yourself things like, “I’m no good at __________,” “I could never ________,” or “I’m not smart enough to _______?”

How about, “I don’t deserve to _______,” “I’m too old to _________,” or “I don’t have enough time to ___________?”

There is another name for these ONE-SIDED stories we tell ourselves: EXCUSES.

This week, any time you overhear gossip OR catch yourself telling yourself a story about yourself, I challenge you to consider ALL SIDES of the situation. Don’t ASSUME things are truly as they seem.

You just might be surprised about what you learn about others. You might be even MORE surprised by what you learn about YOURSELF!  I’d love to hear what comes up for you this week.  Please leave your insights and comments below.

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