Recently, Joey a first grade little boy came running up to his teacher complaining about another little boy in the class. Confidently he retold his story of being called the "M" word!
The teacher was confused as to what possible word it could be. Standing there she could not come up with any inappropriate words that began with the letter M. "What did he call you Joey?" Agitated, Joey blurted out,
"He called me stupid!"
Joey displayed a misguided confidence in his understanding of the alphabet!
He was confident in his wrongness!
As adults this can become our rightness disease!
I must admit I too have a hard time admitting that I am wrong. Because of this my family has instituted a wrongness policy in our home. If someone insists that they are right only to find out that they are wrong, they must humbly confess that,
"I was wrong, you were right, I'm sorry!"
Not only is this humbling, but it can be a form of comic relief! We tend to take ourselves way to seriously!