What is She Saying?

Last summer Mark met a woman while on vacation and fell head over
heels in love with her. On the last night of his vacation,
the two of them went to dinner and had a serious talk about
how they would continue the relationship.

“It’s only fair to warn you, I’m a total golf nut,” Mark explained
to his new friend. “I eat, sleep and breathe golf, so if that’s
a problem, you’d better say so now.”

“Well, if we’re being honest with each other, here goes,”
she replied. “I’m a hooker.”

“I see,” Mark replied, and was quiet for a moment. Then he added,
“You know, it’s probably because you’re not keeping your wrists
straight when you tee off.”

We all listen with filters turned on, just as Mark did. He
immediately translated hooker into golf-speak because that’s
what he thinks about and what he cares about.

We all hear and see the world through the filters of who we are
and what we have experienced. As the powerful movie
Crash http://blogs.usatoday.com/ofactor/2006/01/crashs_strategy.html
so vividly illustrated, sometimes those filters are
negative prejudices. When we act on them, we can precipitate
negative or even dangerous reactions.

Insight: Try to see the world their way before responding.

Get more insights about how to stay connected with others with
my video *Communicate to Connect* http://sayitbetter.com/store/merchant.mv?

Sayitbetter E-Zine, Copyright © by Kare Anderson, author, speaker, and founder of the Say it Better Center, http://www.sayitbetter.com. All rights reserved.