“Here he comes,” said the gathered as they notice me arriving in the distance.
What will they say next?
What whispered comments will be exchanged as I make my way into the room?
What do they really think about me?
What is my value to the clan?
What gifts do I bring to the tribe?
Am I viewed as a bearer of good news or a naysayer?
Am I critical?
Do I balance my comments with positive reinforcement?
What do those who love me appreciate and what do they merely tolerate?
Even though most of us would insist we want to know the truth about our value, some of the discoveries might be depressing, if not completely debilitating. Because with every spoken word comes a tone of voice and a facial expression.
We only remember what we say, not how we said it.
And we certainly are not privy to the output from our countenance.
Are we considered valuable to the cause, or just someone plays devil’s advocate?
What kind of bearer are we?
Is it possible to be too positive?
Is it plausible to insist that everything is going to work out well and come across idiotic because we did not adequately count the cost?
What is the balance?
Whether we like it or not, we are all bearers of something … and in the minds of others, have a caption written beneath our memory.
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