We all just try to do the best we can do. And yet, we consistently hide behind unkind niceness. “I don’t want to hurt his or her feelings.” What I can tell you is my friend’s feelings were hurt. So what holds people back? Why don’t we have more emotional intimacy in the workplace? And the painful irony is the reason we don’t have more emotional intimacy is for fear of losing emotional intimacy.
We fear more than anything not being light. We fear being judged. And we fear not being included or belonging. So you’re going to have to risk a little. But the stakes are so worth it, again, your life, 2,000 hours, every single year. So see others as valid as you. Show up and do your part and be a stand for helping others do theirs. And let’s take these last few minutes we’ve spent together, 350 hours collectively, to make emotional intimacy in the workplace as common and as easy as the wave. Thank you.