Muse & Meander

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Please check blindspot

I did it again.

I’m a quick thinker, and as a result when I’m talking to people, I reply quickly. Sometimes that means I interrupt them–a habit I’ve been trying to break for years. Sometimes, I respond to a comment in an online chat that, having lost the visual cues of facial expression and vocal nuance, comes across much harsher than I intended.

I happen to think I was still right about what I said, but completely wrong in how I said it. Does that ever happen to you? I ask God again and again to help me be kind, help me be gentle.IMG_0524

Sigh.  Good thing He’s patient.

Most times, the problem is simply that I’m focused on my big picture, when I should be focused on the other guy’s. I’m too intent on the all-about-me instead of the all-about them. I used to be a sports car, going from zero to sixty in seconds without really caring what was in front of me. These days, I like to think I’m a bit more of a vintage roadster. It takes a lot more to get me riled. Still, there are those days when the right buttons get pushed …

I’ve been the passenger in four car accidents. That’s right, four, and I don’t even have a license. If you cringed when you read that, just think of how my neck feels.

That’s what happens when we don’t pay attention to our blind spots. People get hurt.

 

2 comments on “Please check blindspot

  1. Marsha Ingrao
    June 9, 2014

    I can’t seem to break the habit of interrupting either, even when I can’t get my words out fast enough. I struggle with this.

    • Crystal Thieringer
      June 9, 2014

      Marsha, I know, right? Then I see it in someone’s eyes–and I mentally kick myself and try to pay more attention. Honestly, I think I’m better than I used to be, but there are still days…

      Thanks for dropping by!

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