QOTD: February 28, 2018

"Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, 'What else could this mean?'" - Shannon L Adler

Has anything you said ever been taken the wrong way?  How did you feel?  I can think back to the many times what I've said has been misunderstood (I've historically haven't had the best communication skills, but I've been working on it!).  I've felt attacked, embarrassed, defensive, and probably a bunch of other negative emotions.  I remembered wishing that they could be in my head so that they would see that what I was saying wasn't meant in a bad way, or at least for some understanding on how it could be taken differently.

This quote served as an apt reminder the other day when I was feeling particularly hurt about a comment my Airbnb host made to me.  In my head I knew that I must have misunderstood since there was a little of a language difference, but for the next day I couldn't shake the feeling of being bothered by it.  Then this quote appeared in my journal, and along with the help of someone I care about deeply, I was able to let go.

Internet, what situations have you had where you've been misunderstood or you misunderstood someone else.  What did you do to make things better?