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Sometimes, Round Two: Day 9 of 365 – We Fool Ourselves!

Sometimes We Fool Ourselves More Than We Fool Others!

Wearing masks. Hide-and-Seek. Truth of Dare. Trick or Treat. Capture the Flag. What do all of these activities have in common? They all contain an element of obfuscation. They depend misdirection. When successful, someone has been tricked and the one who has fooled others often feels a certain sense of satisfaction. This “foolery” is all well and good as long as it is associated with fun and games. When it creeps over into reality, the tone changes.

There are times when some among us attempt to fool others – to cover their intents and actions. I’m thinking that we all attempt to fool someone at some time in our lives. When we “get away with it,” we feel a little bit of twisted satisfaction. We also experience a bit of anxiety, hoping to keep our cover from being blown.

Perhaps one of the saddest parts of participating in this “Tom Foolery,” is that for some it becomes habitual. When that happens, that one so skilled in diversion and deception actually sets him or herself for a tumble. When one becomes so dependent on fooling others to creates a sense of worth or gain an upper hand or garner position and power, he/she is prime for a fall. We, the public, are not as gullible as one might believe.

You see, reality tells me that Sometimes We Fool Ourselves More Than We Fool Others! Please, please, please . . . let honesty, forthrightness and transparency guide your life and living.


Mark E. Hundley

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley M.Ed.,LPC-S

Mark Hundley has worked with children, youth and families since 1971 – devoting 13 years to youth and family ministry; another 10 years to service in public education as a teacher and high school counselor; and the remaining time as a therapist, consultant, speaker and writer.

He earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hardin-Simmons University; his Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas; and has pursued doctoral studies in Educational Administration.

Mark is a Life Transition Specialist with a specific expertise in the field of grief. He works with individuals, families and corporate bodies to create and implement strategies for powerful living despite obstacles faced.

He is the author of Awaken to Good Mourning – a personal guide through the journey of grief – available in both print and audio versions. He is a co-founder of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center in Plano, TX, a non-profit agency that provides free group grief support to children, adolescents and their parents or adult caregivers as they learn to mourn the death or impending death of a loved one.

Mark limits his practice to evening and Saturday appointments; supervision for Licensed Professional Counselor Interns; online counseling; coaching, consulting, speaking and training.

For more information about his coaching, consulting and public speaking services visit

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