Observation Is the Superpower Which Informs That Choice
Merel never liked people who passed comment on other people’s appearance. But it seemed to be an acceptable practice – among people she knew, including family and friends, and people she didn’t know – conversations she overheard or things said in the media. All of these people considered themselves good people, and mostly they were, but they were also engaging in unkind behaviour.
Merel had never called this out as such, she hadn’t engaged in the conversations, and she had distanced herself from individuals and groups of people, preferring not to spend time with them. But she had never spoken up or out about what she was feeling.
She didn’t know how to express why she didn’t like it. Being around people, it seemed to Merel that it was something they all thought was OK to do.
Being quite reflective, Merel always thought through things and why they impacted her in the way they did – positively or negatively – people and situations. There have been many times in her WorkLife when on reflection, she’s thought, “I wish I’d said this, or I wish I’d said that. If only it had come to me in that moment. If only I had known what to say.”
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