Thought for the Day 17 July 2017
My gastroscopy on Friday came back clear and the doctor says I don’t need to come back for the next check until 2019. So on to other things.
I was thinking about an old smutty Scottish joke I heard once. It goes something like this.
A young man was wandering in a red-light district somewhere in Glasgow. A pretty young lady wearing a really short skirt approached him.
“Would you like a short time?” she asked.
“All things considered, I’d like rather a long time,” he replied.
“No, you misunderstand me,” she said, in a bit of a huff. “I’m in business for myself.”
“Oh, and how’s business?” he asked.
“Business is great,” she replied. “If I had another pair of legs, I’d open in Edinburgh.”
Well, the point from the joke is that misunderstandings are all too easy when people don’t listen properly to what others are saying.
Which, leads me to my thought for today:
“People are given two ears and one mouth so that they can listen twice as much as they talk!”
And, by that I mean really listen. Many people listen only so far and then, subconsciously, make assumptions about what’s coming next. So they hear what they expect or want to hear, rather than what is actually said. This leads to all sorts of miscommunication. This point is well illustrated by an old Project Management cartoon that I first saw in the nineteen seventies. This cartoon is my image for this post. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Have a great day,