The Smartest Person in the Room

The Smartest Person in the Room, yellowreadis.com. Image: Stylised silhouette of people against clouds with function equation. Photo via Pixabay.

Whether I like it or not, I am making unconscious decisions everyday on the people I meet. Is a person listening? Are they engaged in our conversation? What are they thinking?

And I have come to realise that my answers to these questions – and the unconscious assumptions I make about people around me – have been driven more by cultural ideas about behaviour than the reality I face each day.

It’s steep learning curve to to step away from my own ingrained ideas. Particularly when I am not always consciously aware I hold them. But I work at ┬áit day by day, assumption by assumption. I’m not there yet.
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Gifted . . .You Know What That Means, Right?

Gifted...YOu KnowWhat That Means, Right? yellowreadis.com. Image: Neural network

Every now and again, more often than I am comfortable with, various memes pop up in my news feed. They’re usually positive, with a cute picture – a happy child, a beautiful baby, a rainbow over a lovely green field. Rinse and repeat.

Aww, Image: rainbow, cute baby, little girl

And you know what? I love the pictures. They’re cute, they make me go ‘awww’. But it’s not the picture that’s the problem. It’s the words.
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