“I Like You”
It’s a simple three words, spoken by all of us; at one time or another.
But the real question is – which one is it?
Is it the one where people say it just to placate you?
Or (in a condescending tone of voice) state it a bit too loudly as so everyone around can hear ‘their’ justification of acknowledging you??
Is it the one that family and friends say because they don’t want to seem to be too sappy / sentimental/emotional. When they really mean that there is love in their thoughts and heart for you??
Of course the follow on one from this is said in a softer edged and sensual tone of voice. Indicating an underlying desire, for that person to want you to know that they do have, some sort of, emotional feelings for you.
There is the PROFESSIONAL “Ï Like You”. This is the one we all get from our bosses / coworkers / department managers etc. At times it is mainly non emotional and duly means that they like you as an employee but that’s as far as the relationship goes. And they recognize your contribution to making the organisation ‘look good.’ (sic)
SO when your own world – personal and professional – is a bit all over the place how do you interpret these 3 simple words? And do you take it at face value for the way it was verbalized? (at the time).
Or do you listen to it and mull over it for some time either then or later, wondering what bought on this declaration, from that person?
How does one decipher the intention of the words?
Do we seek advice from a friend / BFF / Bro’ or family trusted family member? Even then do you go on online to see what the Social Media crowd have got to say about it? Unlike the other 3 little words these ones are definitely open for interpretation.
Now my question to the one who said this to me a few weeks back. What I heard at the time was the “I (really do) like you”. You said it in that quieter soft voice. Since then I been waiting for you to do something about it.
Because, I know that “I really do like you”.
Every day I see you – I still smile. You make me feel happy and I really do want to know you and what makes you tick.
I am not sure how to make this thing between us move forward and there is something because I see you smile and the way your eyes have that sparkle and that slight awkwardness between us, at work.
I do care about your work /life balance. I like your professional ethics and management style. Maybe I am wrong (deluded from too many books and movies LOL). So maybe /was I wrong and misinterpreted the “I Like You”
It must have been the professional courtesy one; all along.