Some people speak your language, some a foreign tongue; although our words sound different, as humans we are one. — Marissa Bloom (All Are Family)
Hello SOTGC community,
I have been thinking a lot lately about how important communication is to our well-being and that of our communities, our societies and our world. It encompasses more than just spoken and written word; we also communicate messages through our actions and expressions. We go to great lengths to effectively share our hearts and minds, often finding ourselves lost and lacking, yearning to be understood. We long for a feeling of connection and a community where our words and actions are embraced and celebrated, our downfalls and mistakes forgiven. We want to feel truly understood, but to achieve this we must seek to understand. Understanding always begins from within; by listening to and recognizing the simple, unadulterated voice within ourselves and others.
“Some people speak your language, some a foreign tongue…” We face new challenges, learning to interact with one another, as we turn to various forms of digital conversation. Social media, email and video chats have not only increased and enriched our opportunities to connect, but have also complicated and weakened them. Communication confusion has been compounded as these avenues become the norms of interaction. Have you ever thought in the form of a Tweet or Facebook post or even wished you could add an emoticon to a phone conversation? LOLs don’t translate in a face-to-face chat as well as a big hearty laugh, and in an email, sarcasm is often misinterpreted. When we understand and respect the limits and possibilities in the ways we communicate, our success in corporate and personal relationships can flourish.
“…although our words sound different — as human’s we are one.” Our bodies are comprised of diverse communities, collaborating to achieve a common goal of health and harmony. Our personal and professional relationships function much like our bodies; each person playing an important role in contributing to success. Like the saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link”, communication is only as strong as the efforts of its members to understand one another. A breech in communication creates a ripple which can be felt throughout; creating chaos in what could have been constructive. We have the power to maintain the integrity and strength of these chains of communication, through connection and understanding. When we embrace each voice we create an atmosphere for progress and a path to prosperity.
What truly matters is that we value those we come in contact with regardless of our differences and despite the communication confusion we may experience throughout our daily lives. It is important to recognize that our communities are living, breathing, evolving; every member is a vital contributor. We can make an effort to respect and honor each other by being mindful of the messages we send through our daily interactions. If we lose connection, we can begin to connect again. We can find harmony with one another through understanding, kindness, and respect; knowing that although we might communicate differently, “…as humans, we are one.”
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