I’m all about honesty. How can we work together well if we can’t have an honest conversation? I believe that we can talk anything through – if we start with honesty.
Unfortunately, lots of people see honesty as rude or inappropriate.
After seven years in Texas, I’ve learned that many people would prefer a gentle change of subject to my honest reaction to their question.
I think Texas has taught me this lesson. Here’s my evidence:
I had avoided talking to her for months, maybe years, because she seemed to twist my words and then spread them around. We ended up in the same place. I felt afraid. I smiled.
She threw her arms around me and gave me a long hug. Then, she told me that we ‘need’ to get together for coffee.
With a big smile on my face, I managed to respond: “I like coffee!”