When it comes to “knowing,” everyone seems to have it all figured out. But people rarely take into account that our “knowing” is a mere reflection of who we are and what we have experienced day in and day out. A problem with this is that we, as people, tend to generalize our own feelings and reflect it on the people in front of us. Then when they act differently from what we expected, we automatically get upset. Here is where I emphasize the importance of communication between any two parties. It is not safe to assume that what we believe to be wrong/right, hurtful/innocent, thoughtful/careless is in sync with the person in front of you. Keep in mind that everyone’s life experiences vary from person to person. Even from day to day. What you believe today, you may no longer believe tomorrow. If you intend to act on your feelings, it is important for these feelings to be expressed to those around you so that everyone is on the same page. After all, we’re only human…not mind readers, unfortunately.
Natalie says: Be clear about what you know and be aware of what others don’t.
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