Friday, January 07, 2011
Phooey On Those Ol' Negative Assumptions
One night a couple years ago Tom was working the night-shift and so I plopped down on the couch and flicked on the tv. The show, Heroes, appeared and, never having watched it before, I gave it a whole five minutes before I decided:
Heroes is too confusing.
I can't figure out what's going on.
It's kinda boring.
It's probably not worth watching.
So I grabbed the tv remote and changed the channel and, because of my lightning-quick assumptions, never watched Heroes again.
Until a couple weeks ago, that is. As I told you, Tom and I so enjoyed The X-Files that we hated to totally let go of that fantasy genre of tv series when we finished X-Files everything. But I kept thinking, "Man! There just cannot be another series on the Netflix instant view list that we'll love nearly as much as The X-Files or the two Stargate series, either."
After all, everyone knows (and says) they just don't make good tv shows anymore.
And so when Tom suggested we give Heroes a try, I, with great doubt and pessimism, told him, "Ok. Might as well. But (groan) it will probably be stupid. And nowhere near as great as X-Files."
Oh. My. Goodness. Will I never learn to stop making assumptions? (Sometimes I wonder.) I still can't believe this, but I loved Heroes even more than The X-Files, Stargate Atlantis and nearly as much as Stargate SG-1. Wow. What a suspenseful, mind-bending, keep-you-guessing, teach-you-some-things-as-well, fun show.
And throughout each season of Heroes I kept lecturing myself about how I should never, ever make snap judgments. I promised I would never again assume anything about anything, including people or what they do.
Then yesterday as the Heroes series finale show faded from the screen I thought, with sadness, "It's over! It's all over. And Tom and I can't possibly find another such awesome Netflix show to replace it."
Looks like another New Year's resolution is going on the ol' list: "Ask God to, whatever it takes, free you from the bondage of negative assumptions."
Wow, wouldn't it be awesome to be freed from those?!
Disclaimer: Let me add, though, that I had to close my eyes through lots of the violence on Heroes. There wasn't much 'language' and almost no sex. If you can't handle violence, even with your eyes closed, then you probably won't like Heroes. (But of course, I could just be making another assumption! ...heh...)
How much larger could my life have been if I'd not always assumed, "I can't do that. I wouldn't like her. I'm not meant to go there."?