I was in a meeting at work today (I go to lots of them, not because I'm important, just because we're a "meeting" company), and was wondering why when I suggest something that to me seems so simple and obvious, people act as though it had never occurred to them. I always assumed they were being nice because I am sort of the "newbie" at work.
Then I remembered a conversation I had with a dear dear friend about something that had been preying on my mind. I was expressing my worry and frustration at not being able to help the Young Women properly understand the seriousness of one of the tasks we (their leaders) ask them to complete on a regular basis. My dear, dear, wise friend then asked a question so simple that I was privately embarrassed at not having thought of it myself since I had spent so many hours pondering the subject <awkward>. "have you written down for them the steps they need to follow, like a checklist"?
WOW! I won't think folks are just being nice to me anymore when they say they never thought of something I think is simple. It's quite possible they actually didn't think of it. I didn't.