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Exercise #960

Exercise #960: Self Knowledge
Posted 9/16/22

We had some work done in the house today and it required some holes be drilled into existing cabinetry. Harry and I discussed a few options before the workmen showed up, but when the actual work was done I was stuck on a conference call.

Afterward, I went to see how it was progressing and to my horror and dismay I saw they'd taken all the books out of the cabinet on my side of the bed. Why? The original options wouldn't work so the new electrical needed to go through my book storage.

That wasn't one of my options and I wasn't rational about it. Why wasn't I consulted? (Well, of course, I was busy on a conference call.) Why did it need to go through there? (That's where it fits and the holes can be drilled.)


For today's exercise, think about something you've said recently and realized - the moment it left your mouth - it wasn't smart or rational or logical or whatever you want to call it thing to say. How did you recover? Did you immediately rephrase to the "right" way? Or did you argue for your irrationality a bit first? (Yes, I did. I admit it.) When you're done remembering, write!

As always, you may choose to show a character answering this exercise instead.

Critiquers, you might try answering these questions for critiquing the piece:
     * Did you catch any spelling errors or other standard proofreading items? If so, note them for the author.
     * Could you relate to this piece? Why or why not?

Word limit: 1200
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Why this is a self-knowledge exercise: The ability to admit we're wrong (or irrational!) is so immensely valuable and yet so hard to do. Recognizing it may help us practice it more often.

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