Monday, November 9, 2015

Jumping Is Fun (For Some People)

R.a.n.t. of month November 2015
Remember when we were all kids? We didn't need fancy video game consoles or iPhones bogged down with endless apps and what-not. (Why do I suddenly sound like an old man? "Back in my day, we played in quick sand and ate dead frogs. And we liked it!") Playing outside was good enough for us. My mother was always sending me outside first thing in the morning and I wasn't making my way back till the sun was setting. What did I do this entire time? Plenty. My friends and I did a lot of running around and jumping.

In one field we played in,someone noticed a hole in the middle of the filed. It was huge (at least to our eyes), but despite that we took our turns jumping over it. If you didn't jump, you were chicken. The problem is, if you jumped and misjudged the distance or (in my case) misjudged your jumping ability, things went wrong. This usually resulted in a twisted ankle. Of course, I was the dumb one to get up and try again. Some people never learn.

The problem is, many adults still have a tendency to do a lot of jumping. Instead of jumping over holes, they are jumping over discernment. In other words, jumping to the wrong conclusion. Instead of going to a person and asking what is going on or why they have done something, they jump to their own conclusion and have already decided you are doing something they do not agree with.

Does the person discuss this with you? Of course not, that would only make sense. But they do seem to tell everyone else. Suddenly, no one knows what to believe. And unlike the children doing the jumping, usually the 'ankle' of someone else is injured, instead of the jumpee. I seem to think this happens more than anyone else cares to admit. Or am I jumping to conclusions here?

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26 comments:

  1. Happens all too often. I think by the time people are adults, they've had so many experiences, they base everything on those experiences as a sort of shortcut. But life's more interesting when you really get to know people and communicate with them instead of assuming things!

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    1. So true. And you know what they say when you assume right?

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  2. Hi again Jeffrey! I am quite a few years older than you and it pleases me to know that you belong to a generation (perhaps the last generation) that loved the outdoors and spent every waking hour getting plenty of fresh air and exercise.

    Along with a heaping helping of humor I am a great believer in open, honest communication. (See my current post.) It concerns me that nobody else has commented on your BOTB results. I don't know what's going on and I don't want to pry. Just know that you have a loyal friend in me, good buddy.

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    1. Once again, I appreciate the comments. I think whenever we do postings on the weekend, turnout is always low. That's one reason I never like to post on the weekends.
      I shall certainly stop by and check out your post for the day.

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  3. Oh gosh I forgot to do a rant! :( I'm sorry. I'm not even sure if I can come up with a last minute rant.

    Playing outdoors is what we did when we were kids. Now I look at my nephews and shake my head. My 8 year old nephew is addicted to his Xbox and my youngest has an Iphone.

    There's been times when I jumped to the wrong conclusion and it usually was because of miscommunication.

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    1. No worries about the rant Chrys, things come up.
      I think at the end of the day, when people jump to the wrong conclusion, it tends to blow up in their face. Always so much better to go to the source of the problem (especially when they are supposed to be your friend) and find out what is going on instead of just jumping to the wrong conclusions and telling other people.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. While I forgot about ranting today, I technically still did! Will go add the badge.
    People who jump to conclusions usually never back down from those decisions either.

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    1. I agree, looked very much like a rant to me. It was a good one too. I apologize my comment was so long. I tend to do that.
      It's sad when people are afraid to back down. But by then, stubbornness takes roots.

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  5. In the pursuit of logic we have to consider only sentences with meaning. I guess ranting is a handy way of expressing ones logical beliefs and having a few emotional outbursts all rolled up into one - Dr Leonard H McCoy would approve, hehe.

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  6. Hi Jeffrey ... I'd like to rant sometimes - then I like to forget ... so I suspect I'll pass ... but will laugh along with the entries or agree with the rant ... enjoy it .. cheers Hilary

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    1. As long as you enjoy what I write, I'll be happy.

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  7. I think I rant a lot, but there's not much rhyme or reason as far as my scheduling goes.

    I used to love jumping. Not these days. Now I'm afraid I'll damage my legs or hurt myself in some highly inconvenient way.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I'm in the same boat as you. And to be honest, who wants to jump in a boat anyway?

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  8. Songs come to mind... Of course, there are the Van Halen and Pointer Sisters "Jump" songs that were released within months of each other. But there's another one, from junior high dances...

    "You know you make me wanna shout!"

    Lots of jumping during that song.

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    1. I'm getting tired from just all the jumping you are talking about.

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  9. Gosh, I'll second that one. People are so trigger happy these days. I think we've lost that parental influence I grew up under where Mom and Dad asked me to think it through, see if from someone else's perspective, and take a deep breath before reacting.

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    1. All good and valid points. Seeing from someone else's perspective, thinking things through and above all else, teaching children to not be so impetuous.

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  10. We live in Fast Food Times. Unfortunately, this doesn't apply strictly to food. So, yes, I think that many people jump to a conclusion too quickly.

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    1. Which is what causes road rage and such. People are in such a hurry, they fret and worry about losing thirty seconds to be somewhere.

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  11. Great rant, Jeffrey! Things sure have changed over the years and not necessarily for the better. Although I'm not religious, the bible admonishment to "judge not" is one I wholeheartedly embrace. There's an old expression that comes to mind: "Never assume. It makes an ass of u and me. " Sadly, this has become a judgmental society.

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    1. So true. And with or without the bible, everyone has a moral code of right and wrong. But in this society it's so much easier to dismiss what we know is right, in pursuit of our own happiness. Right, go right out the window, unfortunately.

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    2. Right again. :) Are these rants only once a month? I bet there's enough material for a weekly feature. I have one coming up, but not sure of the exact date yet. It also has to do with sounding 'old'.

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    3. If you check out the r.a.n.t. tab above you'll see that for three years I was doing rants on a weekly basis. However, In order to get to more blog hops and work on my own writing, I have decided to cut back to once a month. It's possible in the future I may go back to once a week. We'll see.

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  12. Yes, we are a society that "jumps" too quickly and too often to judgement. Sometimes I wonder if it the drive for perfection that seems to permeate western society makes us judge others harshly because we're so very conscious of our own imperfections.

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    1. I do try not to judge too quickly. But then there are times when a person seems do so without giving it a second thought. Sad really.

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