I love my friends. I have so much to learn from all of them and I’m glad they are so honest with me and so invested in seeing me grow & improve. My friend came over to hang out and I got a lot of really good blunt advice about needing to improve my communication style to be more effective in a setting where the direct approach might not be as well received. It’s tough for me because I am so used to being blunt and direct. Leading but with a subtle hand is quite a good skill to develop. It takes a bit of patience, lots of finesse, tact and a mysterious word-smithing / conversational magic. It’s tough. My mom is so good at it too. I did not inherit this from her. I’m just so direct… I put it out there. I can say things with respect and tact but it’s still direct. Sometimes you need to be indirect and lead people to the conclusion you’ve already reached but in a way that they feel they got there first. Tough. Very tough.