Sometimes when I say “I wonder why I bother,” it’s due to some miscommunication or misunderstanding. But I can never own up to it as being a sole responsibility of mine. Communication is typically not a one-way happening. If you end up in a place where I didn’t intend to take you (and vice versa), it’s the responsibility of both of us to get back to where we each need to be. We have to work together, actively listen, pay attention, and make light of confusion or pinpoint where issues need to be addressed. That’s the only way we will ever be able to successfully communicate with each other.