Fascinating

I started last weekend aware it would be a busy week but I knew what needed to be done. But things didn’t quite turn out the way I expected and I had insights into areas I didn’t expect.

My partner decided he was in a great deal of pain and needed to go to A&E. He was admitted to hospital for 4 days, a diagnosis was made and a procedure planned.

He was told he would have to have an ERCP, my mind couldn’t work this out as it had gone back to my gynae days as a nurse and I thought he said ERPC. These are quite different things! This did amuse me.  (Obviously I didn’t laugh out loud (LOL).)

No.1 insight: I realise I need to really focus more when it’s a close family member talking as sometimes I don’t listen properly with my mind already responding rather than listening.

No. 2 Insight: LOL -my generation, it’s not used anymore by the younger generations. Yet again, anagrams catch me out and I assume I know what someone is referring when in fact I don’t.

I had been receiving a number of emails from a couple of people who had been mentioning PSB. What did this mean…immediately I was thinking I had missed something vital and started looking back at my emails. In the end I couldn’t find what it was about so I asked the author what I’d missed. It turned out to mean Please See Below. Panic over but it showed me how the terms we use can be so different person to person, generation to generation.

No. 3 Insight: Normal conversation for one generation doesn’t necessarily mean the same for another.

I was at a workshop discussing communication and skill sets with a participant. He mentioned how he now has to word things slightly different depending on the age of the individual. Where as before if he was to say ‘Did you talk to the person?’, he now has to say ‘Did you talk to the individual in person, on the phone or face to face?’ Technology has changed the meaning of words for example ‘talk’ can now mean did you talk via text etc and not talk via actual phonecall or face to face. In other words we have to be aware of what we believe we mean may have a completely differently definition or understanding by someone else.

I found my week was very busy, enjoyable, stressful but I learnt quite a few things about myself as well.

Fascinating.

Similar to the Chameleon – assumptions can be funny but can also have serious consequences.

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