A few months ago I asked this question on social media,
Do you ever find that, for no reason you can ascertain, a colleague you were super friendly with and supportive of, gives you the cold shoulder?
It’s hard not to take it personally. Also hard for me to ask (although I’m getting better at it) “Did I do something to offend you?”
Have you experienced this or is it just me?
This question garnered 123 comments, including:
“Oh Jen , I was absolutely devastated about a year ago by this. When I asked what happened, the woman retorted with black-ice eyes, “I don’t have to tell you anything!” The pain and confusion are real and recovery is not easy.”
“Thanks for bringing us all together with your question Jen Louden . For me it has stung in a way that’s hard to shake.”
So many women saying yes they have been ghosted, but you know what was even more fascinating?
Women saying that they had ghosted people too.
Dusti Arab (who I’m leading a free no-pitch call with on March 20th The Big Lies about Building a Writer’s Platform & How To Stop Them from Derailing You – sign up here ) said:
I know I’ve done this to folks – and it’s almost NEVER been because of something they did or because I didn’t want to respond.
It’s historically been one of a couple of things:
When I’ve fallen into a hole, I’ve missed out on so many opportunities, including a chance to support people I care about.
If my capacity is maxed out, my emails get pushed to the backburner.
These days, I’m better about putting up an autoresponder to let folks know I’m buried and to expect delays, but this was a learned thing for sure.
This could be from my lateness, wanting to say no and not knowing how, imposter syndrome, etc.
Of course, I thought, thank you, Dusti, thank you.
Sometimes people disappear on us because they’re dealing with big, hard, overwhelming stuff.
Stuff we know nothing about.
Remembering this really softened my heart.
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I’m not one of those creepy people who make it hard to unsubscribe or email you again nine years after you’ve unsubscribed. Giving me your email is like a coffee date, not a marriage proposal.
It made me think of the quote “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
It also made me want to be someone who can reach out one more time. Which I did with the person in question. Yay me!
And it made me remember that just because I’ve been super friendly with a colleague, they aren’t my best friend or even perhaps my friend. Also, professional relationships can get blurred, but they are still different than friendships. So this reminded me that just because I’ve been super friendly with a colleague, I’m not their best friend or even perhaps their friend.”
Boundaries are good.
Thoughts? You can hit reply and tell me. I can’t answer all my emails or I would never write my novel, but I do read all my emails with gratitude.
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