Local and global habits and etiquette have a way of growing on people. We all want to belong, to smooth relations and interactions, and to get one step closer to our goals by playing by the rules. Or at least by playing by those rules that are easier to abide.
A certain appearance, a way of addressing the others, paying attention to various embedded habits – and one becomes a sleek member of the (business/creative/domestic) community that makes up one’s environment.
Of course, such an intended compliance doesn’t always go as planned – and sometimes it’s for the better.
Minor miscommunications can break the ice
Due to the fact that an anticipated course of events generally represents our comfort zone, when things go as planned, all you will see of one person is all they desire to be seen. Some have histrionic talents are not at all what you see of them when the expected scenario goes on unhindered. Some have simply learned to go through the moves – and perhaps their job doesn’t even require more than this for everything to be OK.
Well, only when the unexpected is at work you can get to the second level of this game. Of course, some have backups for this too, and they just employ yet another role for themselves – “starring in the Mayhem movie” this time.
But it may well happen that unpredictable things crack the shell of people and they end up communicating for real, or even sharing meaningful connections. Perhaps a question was misheard, a meeting was postponed or wrongfully scheduled – that kind of things.
Of course, minor is minor, and sometimes interpersonal or intercultural differences are so impactful that the results are borderline funny, yet more like disastrous. This is an article on this subject, where you may find out how some of the famous international brands ended up marketing their products in hilarious, even offensive ways by mistake.
Just laugh the embarrassment away
If the previous communication you had with someone just lead to confusion or to a situation you would have rather avoided, don’t make it worse by remaining stuck in a state of embarrassment and lack of creativity.
We are all humans after all, and humor is essential to our survival – it keeps the mind fresh and boosts happiness. Just see the things from outside, take a deep breath, think of how everybody went through similar stuff many a times, and, if possible, move on with a wisecrack and a nice joke.
Of course, managing carefully your appointments, your communications and your less inspirational moments is a thing to never give up a priori. We always strive to be the best version of us, but it is very important to accept our real version – and make a bit of fun about it, if necessary.
Just look at this funny website and have a couple of refreshing laughs – while, if a native English speaker, you recap the foreign languages you know well enough to avoid being “lost in translation”. Have a nice week!