We Are Team Stupid!

Have you ever done something so stupid that you were left stunned or amazed at your own….for want of a better word….stupidity? Well that’s ok because you are not alone. We all have those moments. And if you haven’t then maybe you’re being a teeny-weeny bit economical with the truth. Or just plain lying. Which is a bit….er….stupid.

It’s that moment you want the earth to open up and swallow you; you cringe and pray that nobody has noticed when you know they all have; it can be harmless, innocent and of little consequence; or it can have earth shattering repercussions that change lives forever. We all have the capacity to be idiots and mess up. It’s ingrained in our DNA, part of our genetic make up.

None of us are perfect. Life is all about decision making and sooner or later we will come to a crossroads where we take the wrong turn. We will say or do the wrong thing and all our carefully concocted plans will come crashing down around us like a house of cards. We find ourselves scrambling around in the rubble trying to pick up the pieces and repair the damage.

People are not perfect. Those who claim to be perfect are liars. And stupid. In no particular order. The good news is that us fully paid up members of Team Stupid are in good company. We are many and will never be alone. But just because you commit a stupid act doesn’t mean you are a stupid person; often it is the most intelligent folk who commit the most jaw dropping, idiotic acts.

Stupidity has no respect for social or cultural distinctions. It embraces us all equally and holds open the door cheerfully inviting us to step over the threshold. I like to think I am a reasonably intelligent member of the human race; yet I have the capacity to raise the stupid bar to unprecedented levels when the urge takes me. It’s a gift I guess.

I referred to the words ‘stunned’ and ‘amazed’ in the first sentence for a reason. That’s because the word’s etymological roots hail back to the Latin word ‘stupere’ meaning stunned or amazed. Our gobs are smacked and our flabbers are ghasted. We cannot comprehend our inability to mess up and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. We are our own worst enemies in that respect.

The good news is that the only way we can grow in wisdom and discretion is by stepping boldly through that stupid shower in order to emerge on the other side. That can be an excruciatingly painful, but necessary, process. The only way we grow and mature is through learning from our mistakes. They are unavoidable and although we can minimise them we can never completely eradicate them from our lives.

So next time you inadvertently swallow a stupid pill don’t beat yourself up too much about it. Sometimes you have to take a step back in order to take two forward. Stupid is not evil. It’s contagious but it’s not terminal. Bridges can be rebuilt and damage can be undone. Stupidity is part of your life but it doesn’t have to define your life. Accept it for what it is. An opportunity to learn and move on.

It works be stupid of you not to.

Hands up if you’ve ever been stupid?

Care to share your dumbest moments?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

31 thoughts on “We Are Team Stupid!

  1. Great truths presented with great humor. You made me laugh – “Our gobs are smacked and our flabbers are ghasted.” and “The good news is that the only way we can grow in wisdom and discretion is by stepping boldly through that stupid shower in order to emerge on the other side.” What a gift you have! Thanks for the good word!!

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  2. I have said stupid things, done stupid things, and have made stupid mistakes. I can not list them all. That would take too much time. You think that we would learn from our stupidity. Consequently, I for sure have not! I would be a liar if I said I have.
    Also, the older we get, you think we would not be so “stupid”.
    Wonderful post!

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  3. I wasn’t the stupid one but this is a super funny story. A new secretary came to work on my floor. She was my age so in St Louis MO everyone always asks where you went to high school. I discovered she not only went to high school with my husband but they graduated together. She asked me his name and I said Brian. She asked his last name and I said uh Moehlmann same as mine. She has yet to live that down and even though their graduating class was 500 they knew each other.
    And then there was the day my sister asked how to make half a sandwich without wasting the other half. I said take on piece of bread and fold it in half. That was 20 years ago and she has yet to live it down. I’ve done plenty of stupid things but my mind is blank! 😉

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  4. I’ve been stuck on “stupid street” for a while now. Thanks for the reminder that I can wallow in it or choose another street. I appreciate your honesty and needed to laugh at myself a little today. And quite frankly, it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone in my stupidity! Great post. 😉

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  5. Come on is there seriously someone who has never done something stupid?i won’t share the most personal stupid thing of mine and neither my most shameful stupid one but I can share One of the most painful one:
    Trying to break frozen sausages with a butcher knife knowing it was stupid and being very much right as the result was the the slip of the knife straight into the palm of my hand severing an artery.

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      1. And I didn’t mention I was wearing high heels and a white silk blouse because I was going out🤣that how they later saw me at the hospital:all well dressed but swirled with blood everywhere and two daughters along with me already in their pjs……🤦🏼‍♀️

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  6. I love this … I feel slightly as though I’ve been let off the hook. What I wonder is this: You’re absolutely right about by committing an act of stupidity does not make you a stupid person, but what if you do something mean or cruel, does that still apply? The reason I ask this is because my ex husband committed a cruel act or rather, series of cruel acts to me but not to anyone else. Does that make him a bad and cruel person? I’ve always thought that it does and people should therefore be wary of him because he clearly has the capacity to inflict pain. But maybe I’m wrong, or does it just depend upon the severity of the crime committed. I just don’t know. What do you think? Katie


    1. Heavy stuff. I think we all have the capacity to be cruel just like we all have the capacity to love. The key word in your post is ‘series’. He did it repeatedly. I think this shows that he needed to be watched and had the potential to behave in that way to others if he chose to. We all have free will and can choose as to how we conduct ourselves. Does that make sense?

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  7. I walked out of the ladies room with a trail of toilet paper , get this …. ha going out of the back of my pants . Just kill me now because I’m dying of shame. No one was even cool enough to tell me. 🙄


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