“There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.” – Josh Billings
Daily Nugget of Gold 1121
The Dangers of Inflation
Let’s start out today and tell you what we did not decide to talk about today rather than begin with what was on our mind. No, this time we aren’t talking about monetary or economic inflation where the value of money shrinks- usually because the government prints too much of it. We’re also not talking about the dangers of inflating things with air, and while most people think there aren’t many, truck tire repair folks know otherwise. Too many of those guys have been killed working on them, so much so that they now have a safety cage to do it to contain the rims in case they burst apart. No, we’re not talking about that either.
You know the kind of inflation we’re talking about by another name- exaggeration. Let’s give some common examples first. “That trip to New York nearly killed me it was so long and boring.” Another one is, “That guy is pure evil” How about, “When you work for a company like this one, there is absolutely no way to get ahead”. Then there’s always, “I’ve told her a thousand times not to do that.” These are common expressions which aren’t meant to be taken literally. You could say, “Exactly. Everyone knows they aren’t the literal truth, so what’s the big deal?” Well…not so fast.
Do you know who doesn’t realize these things we say over and over again for effect takes them literally? It’s that lady or guy you see in the mirror each day. Oh, consciously you “know” it’s overblown- but on another level- on the subconscious level- there is something else going on you want to be aware of. The subconscious mind does not have the ability to logically interpret what we think or say, it merely observes what we do and it acts accordingly. In the book, “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Dr. Joseph Murphy, he gives a documented case of how this level of mind takes us at our word.
In that case a man said a great many times that he would “give his right arm” if his daughter could be cured of a certain ailment and one day he was involved in a tragic accident that took his right arm AND his daughter was cured. Some folks would say, “Hogwash!” Okay, there’s no one “twisting your arm” here to make you believe it. The results you might be chasing could hang in the balance, though. If you wonder why The Law of Attraction isn’t working in your favor as demonstrated by the results you’ve obtained thus far- you might want to consider what we’re saying here a little more.
When we speak of something, let’s stick to the literal, unvarnished truth. If we told her 3 times not to do something, let’s not call that a thousand. If we survived the trip to New York in good health, let’s just say we were a bit bored. Let’s not wrap ourselves up in oversized negative emotions when there really is no need for it.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
What can I do to insure I stick to the facts when I am talking or thinking?
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