Are you sometimes guilty of the faulty thinking habit called ‘Jumping to Conclusions’?
This type of thinking, which causes us lots of stress, occurs when we make hasty, often illogical conclusions based on insufficient evidence.
I indulged in some conclusion jumping last week.
I had had an ultrasound examination on a Friday, and at 9:00 a.m., the following Monday, the nurse telephoned me telling me to come and see my physician for the results.
Because I did not have all the facts, I wrongly concluded that there was something seriously wrong with me ! I accepted my fate, thinking that at my age , I have reached my Biblical life span of three score and ten, and thus I spent part of the day cuddling with Lottie, my little lamb, underneath the weighted blanket we got for Christmas.
The human mind will naturally gravitate to negative thinking first. It must be trained to think positively.
I should have been thankful that the hospital services and the kind nurse were so efficient.
My physician soon told me that my test results were normal.
I would certainly encourage anyone who has had medical tests done, to follow up to get their test results in a timely manner.
My friend Nancy says, ( concerning medical tests), that ‘no news is good news’. But that also is ‘jumping to conclusions’ type of thinking. No news is simply ‘no news.’
As we age, it takes some courage to submit ourselves to medical tests to monitor our health, and then to wait patiently and logically for the results.
May the Lord grant us wisdom and perseverance, and may he keep us from ‘Jumping to Conclusions’