Does intent matter? Have you ever had someone get so frustrated with the semantics of what you said that they overlooked what you actually said? Were you trying to be generous and they mistook you for being judgmental, picky, lazy, contemptuous, or… fill in the blank? Were you shocked that they missed the big picture and focused on a seemingly small detail of how you voiced your thought? Have YOU ever done this to someone else? Be honest. In today’s political climate, our judgments seem to be growing bigger, stronger, louder and faster – and we’ve become so intolerant of each other’s words of choice that we don’t even listen to what is really being said. Are the crumbs more important than the cookie?