Perspective. It is so important to remember that we each have our own and that others’ are different. I stood in line at a buffet last week during a small workshop. Before me were 2 types of fruit smoothies: strawberry and kiwi. The man in line ahead of me asked “which is which?” I smiled, thinking he was making a joke, as anyone could see one was red and one was green. I chuckled and didn’t otherwise respond. He said again “which is which?” I looked at him and he said “I’m color blind.” Oh. I hope his colorblind-ness covered the red of my blushing face. For fear of not looking stupid and missing a small joke (these red ones are the strawberry and these, the green ones, are kiwi, duh), I contributed to an awkward moment.
On the hand, he could have started the conversation with “I’m color blind, which is which?”
Remember differing perspectives.
Ask for what you want, disclose helpful information to get it.