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Whats Wrong With This
The photo on the left is of a typical family?
We have the stereotypical 2.4 children, represented by my three
youngest. We have the father, represented by yours truly. And we have the
mother, represented by
wait a minute! That isnt my wife! What is
going on here?
Possibilities that come to mind:
has dumped his wife and run off with a babysitter. Midlife crisis for
- Steves wife has dumped him, and
hes auditioning replacements to see who looks best in a family
- Steves wife recently underwent
radical cosmetic surgery, which added several inches to her height.
angle of the sun just makes Mrs. Johnsons hair, eyes, height, weight and
complexion look different.
Why do we
come up with these outlandish scenarios? Weve trained our minds to see
only what we expect. Man + woman + children = family, so our brains stop right
there. Instead of performing further rational analysis, we often insist the
conclusion weve leapt to must be correct, and then dream up crazy
justifications for our assumptions.
The real identity of the woman in
the picture? Maria Laine is a delightful school teacher from Hameenlinna,
Finland who stayed with my family as a houseguest while visiting the United
States on a Rotary
Group Study Exchange trip.
I promised Maria
that I would mention her in my web column someday, so here she is.
where is the real Mrs. Johnson? Sherlock Holmes once chided Dr. Watson, saying
You look, but you do not observe! We could again dream up reasons
why my wife isnt in the photo, but we should always begin with the
simplest explanation: shes the one who took the picture!
exercise for the brain is NOT jumping to conclusions. The next time a business
problem appears, take a deep breath. Mull over ALL the possibilities. Try to
think outside the box. Strive for solutions rather than excuses or blame.
Cliché? Id rather think of it common sense.
We all need a
break, but lets not send our brains on summer vacation this year. They
might never come back!
Steve Johnson, President