This Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember to be thankful, which often means being humble. While I am not a stranger to humility in most cases, I do have trouble with one idea: saying “I don’t know.”
It really all boils down to the fact that I’m afraid to look stupid in front of others, and so I will do just about anything to avoid saying, “I don’t know.” Even lie. “Oh, yes, sea turtles definitely speak three languages.” Or, “No, avocados are the healthiest fruit. You actually shouldn’t even be eating anything else.”
I know, I know, it’s terrible that I can’t say “I don’t know.” It’s even worse that I care so much about what people think of my intelligence. As a matter of fact, I shouldn’t ever care what people think. Period.
So, let’s exercise my humility, and get me comfortable with the unknown. Say it with me:
I don’t know. I don’t know. I DON’T KNOW.
Okay, so maybe this was an incredibly easy blogpost for me to write, but it was rewarding.
And will I start saying “I don’t know?” Well, I don’t know. But I think it is important to recognize your weaknesses from time to time, and grow from them. Or, just fake it until you make it. At any rate, don’t get so caught up in what people are thinking. Spend more time valuing what you think. Even if you just don’t know.