I was reminded recently about how easy it is for a “story” to be changed out of recognition simply by the story being passed on from one individual to another, then another and another.
It got me thinking about why that happens, and there are a few simply reasons why this happens:
- We don’t listen properly to the person relaying the story
- We put our own interpretation on the story, filling in bits that we can’t remember or were unsure about
I’m sure we can all think of examples where something like this has happened, some we can probably laugh about but others may have had more serious consequences because of the “changes” that were made to the story.
Reminder to self: Make sure I listen carefully when someone is talking to me, so I leave no room for me to accidentally amend the information they have given me.