I happened across the blog of someone who sells Colorado real estate and the title “Dog Napping” caught my attention. It turned out to be a post, with accompanying picture, about a dog that was napping. However, my brain had quickly jumped to the idea of a poor dog stolen by some villainous character such as Cruella de Vil.
It was a reminder of just how easy it is to be misunderstood. That is a lesson that I have been getting pounded with over the last week.
Within the past few days my wife said something which hurt my feelings horribly. She said I misunderstood.
On an online forum I took someone’s remark to be sarcasm at best, and possibly a trap. As it turned out it was someone asking a sincere question.
And, presently I am editing several hundred devotionals. On almost every one of them I find myself struggling with sentences which could be understood in more than one way.
It is not enough to communicate to be understood, we must speak and write to not be misunderstood.
Do you have any “misunderstood” stories? Please use the comment section below to share them.