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Whenever people meet they automatically assess each other.  I heard a story today that I just had to pass along. The story involved a reporter, two boys and a rabid dog.  It was set in Massachusetts.  A boy way playing when a rabid dog came along.  He bit the boy and as the boy tried to escape the dog went after him.  Another boy saw what was happening and rushed in with a board he had found and hit the dog which stopped the attack.  A reporter witnessed the entire event.  He walked up to the boy who saved the other boy and called him a hero.  He then mentioned that he was a particular baseball fan to the hero. He had planned to use that as the key line in his story. However, the boy said he was a fan of a different team from out of state.  The reporter did not like this so he changed his story to an innocent boy was attacked by a vicious baseball fan who liked a different team.  The reporter had assumed that the hero was a specific baseball fan and when he wasn’t he completely changed the story.  He made an inaccurate assessment.  People often assess situations and sometimes they are right and other times they are wrong.  It is important to obtain all the facts before jumping to a conclusion or making a rash decision.  This is part of the training medical, police, firefighters and others who save people receive.  It is also applicable in the workplace.  Often a person will let everyone assume they did a good deed when actually they were just on site.  I saw this in a Hallmark movie.  A realtor who wanted to sell a woman’s home took full credit for building her a nice garden in both the front and the back.  The reality was that it was her next door neighbor who was also an Episcopalian priest.  She eventually discovered the true good deed gardener and decided not to sell her home. Do you find people prejudge and assess situations or people are too quickto rush to an assessment or decision  without obtaining all the facts? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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