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Are you frequently hurt, angered, or irritated by your interactions with other people? To revolutionalize your relationships: assume positive intent.
I wished the floor would open up and swallow me. I’d tried to be nice and make a connection, and instead, I’d committed an almost unforgivable error.
At a wedding full of strangers, I was stuck alone at a table with the sister-of-the-bride. She wore an empire-waist bridesmaid’s dress and appeared to have a sizeable baby bump.
I’d overheard someone at the rehearsal dinner the night before talking about the excitement they’d felt when they learned sis-of-the-bride was pregnant with twins. To make small talk and give my tablemate a chance to share about herself, I said, ”I heard you’re having twins—how exciting!” Her response,
I had them a month ago. I’m just still fat.”
Of course I tried to backpedal and diffuse the situation. You can imagine how well that went.