'I'm going to let you go.'
Good news if your Dad has backed down and you are now going to that gig you had set your heart on.
Bad news if your boss has just called you into her office about the latest round of redundancies.
Very bad news if your rescuer is holding you over a 5,000 foot drop and his grip is slipping.
Many of us spend our days reading too much into the looks, glances and nuances of the cut and thrust of everyday language. 'It wasn't what you said it was the way you said it.' Yeah, I've had that one before now. You? Or, 'I've been thinking about what you said.' Sometimes we reflect on things no-one ever meant us to consider. I once told a colleague a joke. Three days later he told me he'd been pondering upon it. He was meant to laugh but thought it was told against him.
When I'm tired my visual interface goes down, as someone once put it to me. When I try to speak something goes wrong with the matching expression. So I make a joke and look vicious. I enjoy a meal but look as if I'm hating it. If I concentrate really hard I look tired. I think it's a design fault.
Yet if we stop and think for too long before uttering, our conversation becomes stilted. Loses its edge. Those egg-shells look very close together. Shan't walk.
Back to the mantra 'insensitivity is the tax you pay on wit.' I guess it's time to pay up.
By the way I haven't had time to clean the bathroom mirror properly. And that reflects very badly on me.