The Most Beautiful Compliment
The context around this will follow shortly, but the most beautiful compliment I received from a past staff member was:
"You respected me regardless and you never treated me differently, you treated me well."
I am not perfect by any means, but I know what it is like to have ignorant comments made about my sensitivity and anxiety so this compliment meant everything to me.
Here is what has worked for me with past staff when checking in:
"How are you?"
"Is everything cool?"
"Did I unintentionally offend you, I am sorry, what can I do better next time?"
"Are you well?" - This is robotic and insensitive.
"Why are you so sensitive." - At this point, you're provoking someone into snapping.
If someone seemed like their energy was off: I would nicely suggest that they get a coffee or a snack (change of environment/scenery/sensory change).
There are things we just do not ask / say regardless of what the underlying mental health concern is.
That being said, let's all continue to own our worth regardless of those who are uneducated on this and keep our heads held high so our Crowns do not slip.
As for the amazing people out there who "get" it and have experience with these things: thank you for existing. ❤️
Due to the people who are sensible and amazing, our "deficiencies" are superpowers in the right settings.