You know what ticks me off? The fact that there's no inflection in email and texting. Those little emoticons (you know, the smiley faces) just don't adequately express my feelings.
That said, I find that lots of stuff gets misinterpreted when you're not face to face (or even on the phone). Inflection is SO important.
Like, when I say, "Sure." I could mean that girly, comes-with-a-big-sigh "sure". Or I could mean, "Yay! Absolutely! Sure!!!!" except that it's a pain in the ass to type all that on my phone.
Interpretation is so important.
It's like, when someone says to you, "Wow! You've lost so much weight! Keep up the good work!" Does that mean, "You look great!" Or does it mean, "You're doing great. You're gonna look fabulous when you get there!"
I've always tended to think that people aren't saying nice things to me. I mean, why would they? I don't say nice things to me.
But I've changed my mind.
Since I've started thinking about how I treat myself, I've decided to change how I hear what other people are saying. I'm going to assume that people mean the happier and nicer interpretation. Even if I don't know. Even if I suspect they meant it the other way.
Because I deserve to be happy and feel good about myself.
How do you interpret compliments?
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