After yet another unsuccessful attempt to penetrate this pseudo-omniscient wall, she demanded an in-person conference to alleviate miscommunication and share her philosophies. At which point, presumably, her brilliance would convince us she was right and her path had to be taken. I value my time and don't play games, so my response was a firm and final 'no'. The next morning, her formal extrication from our contract was found in my inbox, with one last insistence that the issue was her version.
The experience was a reminder of what can happen when even intelligent people come up short in the art of listening. Not only is there skill involved, but trust, maturity, patience, and a willingness to dispense with ego so others can be truly heard. Our inner voice becomes clearer, and what initially feels passive quickly morphs into a highly creative force.
Embrace the value of this art, and choose to be present as a gift to ourselves and the partner with whom we've entered this mutually beneficial and sacred space.