I believe you. A simple and clear phrase that is the difference between feeling included and seen, or if not said, excluded, invisible and alone.
I didn’t see you across the street. … I am so sorry that I let you down. … I tried my best. … I don’t know how I messed the dates up again. …
It may be a deliberate lie. More likely, it’s a truth for them, and if they’d known more or better they wouldn’t have to say what they’re saying. They are probably feeling miserable that they let you down, or let themselves down.
But, take their truth in. Accept it for what it is. Believe them.
And build on that.
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