You get to a point where you can sense when someone is lying. You can hear it in their voice. If you’re not listening for it or conscious of this ability you may never notice this. You may just be aware of something weird in the space when you are talking to them, and may not know what it is. But once you start to realize this phenomenon then you get really good at picking up on when someone just lied to you. It’s really amazing. They walk away or you walk away or maybe they are still talking and you are totally aware that they are lying. Or making stuff up. it’s like their line doesn’t get delivered fully. That’s what it feels like. You hear it but you don’t feel it. You feel something else instead of what they just said. Even if they are looking at you right in your eye—especially if they are looking at you right in your eyes, lol, if it feels a little weird then there is something there other than what is being said. Some kind of incongruence.
I am thinking of this because it has presented a big lesson for me over the last few weeks. My assistant recently quit. This isn’t the first time this has happened. From what I hear I am not the easiest person to work for. I have heard eccentric. I have heard just downright crazy. Some last for a week. Some last for a year or two. But normally when they leave, it is very clean. They sit down. We have a talk. They explain that they have to move on, or whatever, maybe shed a few tears and they give their two weeks notice and then over the next couple of weeks we sew everything up and find someone else and then usually the old one teaches the new one the ropes for a while and then moves on. Maybe they’ll call a few times a week to make sure everything is going smooth and be available for the new one to ask questions etc. That’s the way it normally goes in the world. But this wasn’t like that. She didn’t quit as much as just disappeared one day. One day she just left and didn’t come back. No call. No letter. No resignation. Just gone.
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