“My tummy hurts. I think I need to see a doctor.”

Anyone notice that, when you complain that your belly hurts, your bike is sluggish, or whatever, everyone immediately offers you 7 reasons you’re wrong, “It’s in your head,” “it’s just gas,” “Suck it up,” or “You’re getting old, you know. Stop blaming the bike”?

It simply does not cost us anything to ask “What’s going on with you?” or to validate that they are feeling that way.

Immediately offering the reasons they are wrong is the same as discrediting them without evidence. It’s the same as putting them down as “you couldn’t possibly have a point, so I’m not even going to ask if you have a point.”

What was your guess of what this article was going to be about when you first saw the title?

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