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Lost In Translation

Do you ever have one of those MoMenTs in an email conversation or text where you read the comment and your response is, “That was RUDE!  I can’t believe they said that!”

That is the unfortunate ConseQuenCe of written communication.  People don’t have the ability to interject tone or emphasis on particular words, and a lot of times, that tone or emphasis is the main form of communication.

Let’s analyze the question, “Are we having goulash again for supper tonight?”  If I’m a fan of goulash I will emphasize GoULaSh. “Are we having GoULaSh again for supper tonight?”   However if I loathe goulash I will emphasize AGAIN. “Are we having goulash AGAIN for supper tonight?”  (As a side note, this is how my husband would respond. Ha!)

We should all make a conscious effort to not overanalyze written communication.  We could totally MisinTerpRet what the writer was trying to say and generate some hard feelings for no good reason.


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Rude for you. Ok for me.

Have you ever left a message for someone who didn’t return your call/text/email and thought, “HoW RuDe!”?  I have to admit, this has happened to me on numerous occasions.  The main problem with this attitude is that I do the very same thing, but I don’t consider myself being rude or inconsiderate.  Instead, I’m “busy”, or I’ll eventually get around to responding.

The last time I was indignant with someone not returning my call I was reminded of my double standard and I vowed to make a change.  Very often all that is needed is a quick reply such as:

 “S o u n d s   G o o d”, “O k”, “=)”, or “I’ll get in touch with you when I know more.”

So that’s my my goal.  Hit that “RepLy” button immediately, return the call, or text an answer back and do as the GoLdeN RuLe says:

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”


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