A week or so ago I weighed both at work and the doctors office. The scale at work said I lost 6 pounds. I like that scale.
So a couple of days later I weighed again and the darn thing said I had gained two pounds. I thought it was defective. Or possessed. I talked bad about that scale the rest of the day.
Today, I saw three scales in one of the store rooms. I decided to check my theory that one (or more) are not calibrated correctly. Or they are possessed.
I made sure they were all zero before I checked my weight on all three, one after the other--so there could be no weight gain between weighings.
The first scale IS possessed. It gave me the same weight that it gave me last week. I dislike the first scale--yes, I know, I liked this scale last week, but I don't like it anymore. The only scale I dislike more is the scale at my doctors office--that evil one that weighed me as 6 pounds more than this one. The scale at the doctors office is WORSE than possessed--the doctors scale is the spawn of you-know-who.
But back to todays experiment: the last scale read my weight as a pound lighter. I always liked that scale. It is a fair and just scale. A little slow on the uptake sometimes, but it's heart is in the right place. It makes me happy.
But my favorite scale was the scale in the middle. It told me what I wanted to hear--that I lost two pounds. Obviously it was the smartest, most awesomely correct scale. It is the scale that makes me happiest. I think I will mark this scale so I always use it.
For consistancy of course.
Okay, so that was a little "light"-hearted tongue-in-cheek humor; but, it points to a couple of "heavy" truths: First, Truth doesn't change. It may appear to change, depending on what it's measured by, but when it's all said and done, truth is still truth. Second, just because I'm told what I want to hear doesn't mean it's True.
My weight did not fluctuate by two pounds in the span of a minute. The only thing that changed was the measuring tool I used.
It's imperative that we acurately measure ourselves by the same perfect standard every time. Otherwise we'll always be a little off.
And the scales that weighed me heavier aren't really possessed.
They're just misguided.