What if, when someone said something, you believed them?
What if they said they didn’t care which restaurant you went to for dinner, and you chose based on what you wanted, instead of what you thought they secretly wanted?
What if, when somebody said they didn’t need help carrying their bundle, you didn’t help them? Would it make things harder for them, or easier? What about for you?
If you took someone at their word, would they feel heard, and respected for a moment?
Would they feel vulnerable, or scared?
Would they have the opportunity to directly ask for what they need?
Would it be a gesture of respect, telling them that you know they have the power to express their needs?
Would it mean that you were inconsiderate, or self-absorbed?
What if you did an experiment, and tested the waters of believing that they mean what they say? What might happen?