Category: Respect

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Clear as a Cracked Mirror

Perhaps some of you have been taught the communication technique of “echoing” or “mirroring.” After listening to a colleague’s thoughts or explanation of a situation, you summarize what you heard and, in your own words, repeat it back to them, prefaced with something like, “what I hear you saying is…” I think it’s suggested for personal relationships, too, but that’s a different topic for another … Read More Clear as a Cracked Mirror

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Hidden Truths, Secret Sorrows

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” ― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Our face is a mask, sometimes opaque, sometimes transparent. Recently a friend of mine was taking an online test about reading emotions, and not doing too well. She was frustrated. I suspect the test was flawed … Read More Hidden Truths, Secret Sorrows

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Forgiveness

I had a secret, and I didn’t tell, because I was afraid you would reject me. That wasn’t fair. I should have given you a chance. Today I know it wouldn’t matter, because I know your heart is bigger than my faults. I wish I had trusted that before. I’m asking you to forgive me for my secret, and for keeping it from you. … Read More Forgiveness

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Misunderstood

A friend of mine has been battling obesity for a long time now. It’s affecting her in a multitude of ways, physically and emotionally. Recently she made the difficult decision to address her problem surgically. That means a series of tests before the surgeon would consider her case, including a psychiatric examination. The conclusion? She wasn’t a suitable candidate. She was deeply disappointed, but still … Read More Misunderstood

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The Narrow Path of Middle Ground

Recently I was tempted to very loudly tell a salesperson to shut up and leave me alone. I’ve worked retail long enough to know management puts a lot of pressure on sales associates to push the company credit card. They provide all sorts of helpful tools to overcome objections, and expect their workers to talk a certain percentage of customers into applying right then … Read More The Narrow Path of Middle Ground

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What You See…

Nothing is what it appears to be. Ever been convinced something is true, only to discover there is, indeed, another logical explanation? I admit, it’s easier for me to point out this oh-so-human flaw in others, and I know a few people who routinely will stubbornly insist they are right, regardless of the possibility there is another way of looking at the situation. Moments … Read More What You See…

The Only Thing Exterminated Here is the Death Penalty 

In my last job, we weren’t allowed to kill the bugs. Okay, it’s a bed & breakfast, so they had an exterminator come out on a regular basis for the comfort of their guests, but if a wasp flew into the dining room, you called Bill. He’d show up with the bug jar, capture the wasp and set it free. Which is all well … Read More The Only Thing Exterminated Here is the Death Penalty 

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