I have a terrible habit. See, I have a tendency to have the majority of a conversation in my head with the details pretty much worked out when I turn to someone and say, "Well, what do you think?" With a look betraying their suspicions of my impending loss of faculties, I realize I have done it again...expecting others to be mind readers.
While several close to me have become used to this
Yes, I have a tendency talk fast and yes, I have brainstorm and have a million ideas going on at once. Yes I love to laugh and yes, I love to take an idea, throw it on the table, and twist it every way but Sunday. I love a good debate and a great discussion. I always seem to have a hundred questions and operate under the assumption it is always better to ask questions than not. But more than all of these...I greatly enjoy most of the people I interact with. I never want to hurt someone's feelings (well...unless I do and then there is no room for doubt but that's a story for another time.) Sincerely, I do work hard to treat others the way I want to be treated.
My point is I would rather ask questions and have an understanding of your truth than falsely believe I can read your mind and come to your intention on my own. Because I can't. And here's something else...no one can read mine, either.
So rather than anyone think they know I meant or what my eyebrows furrowed means or why I laugh at what may offend them or why I don't like them...I wish they'd just ask me. I have learned more often than not...folks are way off base with their mind reading abilities. I'd rather be asked a hundred questions than have someone try to read between my lines. Chances are I like them fine...but I'm not a mind reader. And guess what? Neither are they.