The poor, maligned, inanimate, intimate scale. It spends its time sitting on the floor, shoved in a corner, often out of sight and out of mind. If it was a living being perhaps it would feel lonely: left alone, stood on, sometimes abused when physically kicked aside or verbally called names not repeated in polite society.
What is its real offence? When you are lied to, you are annoyed and no longer trust that person, business or electronic device. You want the TRUTH! However, you want the scale to lie, but it tells you the truth.
You want a device that will reliably process data so you can make an intelligent choice. You study the capacity, power usage and guarantees for appliances and carefully check content, washing instructions and feel the texture of towels gathering data. You want appliances and color coordinated towels that do their intended jobs. However a scale is “grab-and-go.” If you don’t gather the data, it is easy to blame the quality of the scale. Yet, a bathroom (or wherever you hide it) scale is one of the most accurate, long-lasting items we will ever own.
Sometimes we move it from room to room, possibly hoping to forget which corner it is hidden. We move it from home to home thinking, perhaps, it’s good enough; no one will ever see it.
We have a scale for 1, somewhat egotistical but very intimate and personal, reason: to provide us with data about ourselves. Some of us use it daily, hoping the data it provides will support our plan. Some of us use it less frequently for an assortment of reasons or perhaps they are really just excuses. Sometimes the day’s datum is higher, sometimes lower, and sometimes it just stays the same. But it is just lots of data that we asked for; numbers we are responsible for; numbers that don’t lie but tell us the truth whether we like it or not.
The scale is, in fact, your best friend. If the data is not what you want, don’t blame the accurate collection mechanism. The data you are gathering is important for your health, your well-being, and your ability to function on a daily basis. The scale adheres to God’s 9th Commandment: Thou shall not bear false witness (lie). The scale adheres to the basics of science: gather and assess accurate data. A scale is only annoying when you incorporate your own personal emotions and behaviors into the mix. You can’t change the data and you can’t change the truth. You can only change your emotional response and your behavior to the data and the truth.