“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker
It’s ninety-three but it feels like ninety-five with the humidity and general lack of wind. But why am I reporting the weather? Because life can be as immovable as nature itself…
For me, what gets things moving is communication. It is an incredible means to express one’s self – like a gentle breeze or a torrential gust – the power of words and expressions can create connections as well as destroy (or inhibit) them.
I think, with some people, it can be seamless. You can find common interests and easily string a series of conversations together. They can produce humor, honesty, and high stakes debate. How most friendships are formed…
However, with others, it can be difficult. Don’t get wrong, it is not as if common ground can’t be found but the terrain between parties may be rocky. What I mean is: there may be a major difference in how you communicate. Whether it is the language you speak, the frequency in which you decide to, the tone of your words, or an expression of your heart, you have to be careful NOT TO ASSUME.
Assumptions can be killer…and you may end up apologizing or parting ways with someone due to something small. Fortunately, I have discovered an approach which has me in said situations. Mainly it’s full of contrition. Listening, really listening, will do a great amount of good as well; in a selfless fashion i.e. it doesn’t have to benefit you at all.
Anyways, I’m a talker and communication has the backbone of my being since I could remember. So it’s something I cherish. An art.
Bye for now, KS.