Hurt Feelings

Joe: Terry.
Me: Yes.
Joe: Are you feeling ok?
Me: What do you mean?
Joe: Earlier, you clarified something you had said before that you thought might hurt my feelings.
Me: Did it.
Joe: No, but that’s not the point, you cared if it did. That seemed unusual for you so I thought I’d check that there wasn’t something wrong.

Normally the above would be a blip on my compassion radar except that later when someone introduced me to a member of IMQA I was greeted as “oh, you’re Terry, the nice boy in R&D”.