Stay out of mind

I stumbled upon a tweet by a brand asking people which superpower they’d rather have. Of the four available options, the ability to read minds was chosen the most — as of the time I checked. Three days earlier, a temperament test employed by my Pastor prior to  teaching on temperaments asked the question, “If you were to have a superpower, what would it be?” She went on to say that she assumed most people would select “Ability to read minds”. I agree with her but I’m reminded of my long-held opinion of the things we carry on our minds.

While it feels empowering to know what the next person is thinking, I don’t quite see how much value it’d be in the long run, especially when we suddenly have access to information that should be kept away for good reason. 

If I were sitting in a meeting and I felt that everything being discussed was hogwash, would it help to have my boss see what I was thinking at the moment? If I thought my friend was obese the moment I saw her after five years, would it help for her to read my mind right there? Would it matter that even though I thought that of her, the moment wasn’t right to suggest so to her? 

I have judged people wrongly at initial contact but I have held myself from acting on such judgements. I have gone on to build strong friendships with folks who I wished could disappear from my sight earlier in our relationships. I like to think of myself as kind albeit mischievous. So, even though I do not think of harming the next person, I still do not wish that they see the things that I think. I don’t want the guy asking me out to know that I’m saying no because he smells bad. I’m not ready to have my neighbour know that I consider her a terrible mother. Well, I hope she gets to find out but not yet. 

How about the pains I do not wish to share? What do I say to random strangers who can see the fear inside of me while I put up a confident front in the most awkward situations? I am thinking of all the things we never say and I wonder if we can really keep up with either reading minds or having people read our minds. 

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    September 23, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    There is a reason why that power was not kept within the reach of mere humans.
    I would had read this beautiful piece in it’s raw form in your mind and would had also read exactly what you thought of me.
    But then again, contentment with “godliness is great gain.”
    Another beautiful piece from my favourite writer.

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    September 23, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    Nice one dear! God in his infinite wisdom withheld that power from man. It would be a catastrophic encroachment if men could read each other’s minds

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    September 24, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Lol. No! No way. On many occasions, I don’t been want the people I love the most knowing what I think of them. Thank God we can’t read minds.

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