Don’t Assume. Instead, Ask.

Photo by Aiman Azlan

My mother told me the incident that happened the first time she flew to America to further her studies.

It was her first time traveling in an airplane. She assumed that everything that she needed to know has been told by the officer who accompanied her group. Being a newbie, she thought that everything was sought after and she didn’t have to worry about anything.

The officer, on the other hand, assumed that the group that he led had sufficient knowledge about traveling by flight because they didn’t ask him anything.

Alhamdulillah, she arrived safely in America, only to realize that her luggage was in Manila.


As it turned out, she didn’t declare for her luggage to be delivered straight to America. Why? Because she didn’t know! She assumed that everything was settled and the officer assumed that she knew what she needed to know.

She was stuck with her hand luggage for a month before her luggage arrived. Thankfully, she packed a couple of clothes in her hand luggage.

So this story has a happy ending. Don’t worry.

Moral of the story: Don’t assume things. Ask, and don’t be shy to ask.

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