First, let me say that I do not have telepathy, despite what some of my friends might tell you. I can anticipate a lot of different things, but I don’t read minds. I love how people assume that you know what they are thinking. Let me give you a case in point. I have a customer who has been demanding a refund. Please keep in mind that I have nothing to do with handing out refunds in any scenario. She wanted me to answer for the corporate office when, how much, and where that check would be within the next week. I could only tell her the information I had available. When the check arrives is beyond me. I don’t have the authority to mail those checks out, so I can’t and won’t read corporate’s mind in that respect. She then called me again while I was on lunch, and I told her to contact me if she didn’t receive the check next week. Otherwise, there was nothing I could do. I can’t force the corporate office or the post office to get it when she wants it. I can bend over backward for communication, but I flunked Mind Reading 101.
I think one of the best examples of this is when my father was in the hospital. When Dad couldn’t speak, I had to learn how to read his body language. I could tell when he was hurting, frustrated, agitated, and resigned. I couldn’t always tell when he was hungry, so I tried to keep him on a routine to get food. When people lose their ability to talk, you have to learn to anticipate their needs. I became proficient at reading his body language, and one of my friends commented that I was reading his mind. Oh, I beg to differ. If I could have read his mind, I’m sure that I would find information that would shake me to my core.
Suppose you have the ability to read people’s minds, bravo. I don’t know that I’d want that skill because it might be scary to hear what they are honestly thinking. In the movie “What Women Want,” Mel Gibson got more than he bargained for because he began to listen to the thoughts of every woman around him. One girl, in particular, was dealing with severe depression and contemplating suicide. Because he had the advantage of hearing her thoughts, he could prevent her from carrying through with this act. But not everyone is that fortunate. People in this world look happy on the outside to everyone around them, but if people could read their thoughts, people would see the demons they fight every day.
I know that science has studied mind-reading in the past and even in the present. It’s a skill that is respected because it is not an easy skill for most people. There’s a difference in anticipation in the needs of others and knowing what a person is thinking. Anyone who steps in my brain would find it constantly showing me movies yet to exist or stories yet to become created. Watching people’s patterns, their facial and body expressions, and listening to their tones can tell us a lot about them, but being able to read their minds, that’s an entirely different feat. If I could read one person’s mind in particular, I’d understand more why he doesn’t deal with confrontation. I’d find ways to resolve my frustration with the lack of communication. More importantly, I’d be able to move on from the ways of constant ignoring.
The next time someone says that they wish they could read another person’s mind, I hope they are careful with that wish. If you could acquire that skill, you might use it in dangerous methods. Sometimes ignorance is not only bliss, but it can save a lot of heartache along the way. Yes, there are times that it might work out in your favor, but at what cost? We all need to be mindful of our thoughts and the thoughts of others. After all, if we could read each other’s minds, the mystery and element of surprise would be diminished, and that’s no fun for anyone. Have a great day, everyone.