Lest you feel betrayed, bewildered by today’s title, I shall start this post by sharing two tweets I sent last night:
Nobody guessed the answer to my pop quiz but several people felt betrayed, bewildered by the reappearance of a salad bar in Whole Foods at this point in the pandemic.
Yesterday, my non-betraying and non-bewildering life-long friend Barbara and I kept using the phrase “betrayed, bewildered” while we were discussing many bewildering interactions we’d had with other people in which we felt betrayed. The reality is that many interpersonal interactions are bewildering and seeing them as a betrayal doesn’t help — when we do that we are personalizing the situation. People are going to be themselves no matter what you do and it doesn’t help to expect “you” from them.
What did help Barbara and me yesterday was to realize we were not alone in feeling betrayed, bewildered and to laugh together about all those interactions that had us temporarily feeling bewildered and betrayed before reaching a level of acceptance and peace.
I hope you don’t feel betrayed, bewildered by my run-on sentences or any of my other images for today.
I won’t feel betrayed, bewildered by any comment you might leave about this “betrayed, bewildered” post.
Neither betrayed nor bewildered, just grateful for you.