by Elizabeth Goddard
I recently found myself in a sticky situation. A misunderstanding. That often happens in emails. We write out an email, our intention clear to us, only to have the person on the receiving end read things differently. Sometimes their interpretation leaves them hurt, angry or frustrated. Maybe they had a long, hard day which means they’re coming at everything from a completely different angle. They hear and read things from a totally different perspective. There’s nothing we can do about that. It can happen to any one of us. I might read an email or hear someone’s reply or comment and misunderstand. Then I can choose to be hurt, angry and frustrated. Or not.
Is there anything more difficult than communication?
Ha! I’m a writer and work every day to communicate images and emotions, to create a scene to give the reader a powerful emotional experience. But often what I’ve put into the scene doesn’t come across the way I intended. Sometimes readers can relate, and other times not so much. I can easily see by looking at reviews who didn’t understand my work. Or maybe it was tripe to begin with! In this venue I offer no apologies. You can’t please everyone, right?
Regarding my email, a misunderstanding occurred that hurt an individual and caused her to want to disassociate with me. I wrote several replies and deleted them all before I finally realized the simple answer. It’s the answer we can all use for each other when our interactions go awry.
I asked her if she’d like to use the grace card in this situation because I know I sure would–and her emphatic reply was yes!
The grace card! You know, like the “get-out-of-jail-for-free” card in Monopoly! How simple is that? Freely give grace to your fellow humans and freely receive it! It’s by God’s grace that we are saved. . .IMAGINE if He had no grace or even only a little grace for us, we’d be doomed.
We all need a lot of grace. So make it your practice to walk in grace and not offense.
I pray you have a splendiferous weekend.
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