“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”
It seems appropriate to end our month of posts on communication with a little get-together or party if you will. Hopefully, this will give us a chance to meet new readers and get to know the “old-timers” a little better.
Please leave a brief introduction in the comments below with a link to your blog or website if you have one. Invite your friends and let’s have fun with this!
I think one of the greatest gifts to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic will be learning new ways to communicate. During this time when we have not been able to gather in groups people have stepped up to reach out electronically.
How have you been gathering differently during this crisis? Have you attended a work staff meeting via Zoom? Have your places of worship been live streaming services, prayers, or even just “check-in” times? Maybe you’ve checked on elderly friends, neighbors, or family members via phone, email or Facebook. Did Grandma or Grandpa read a story or sing with your children via Skype? These are just a few of the ways we have been reaching out to each other during this time of physical isolation.
What are some of the things you have been doing to stay connected? Tell us your ideas in the Comments area below.
“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.”
Has someone ever told you, I don’t discuss politics and religion? That doesn’t usually mean they won’t talk about those things with anyone — just not those who disagree with them. I understand not wanting arguments and hurt feelings, but people who do not agree with us are exactly the ones we need to talk to.
It is possible to have a calm, rational conversation between people who disagree. Not easy, but possible.
So how do we do this?
Suspend judgment and keep an open mind.
Listen more than you speak.
Give up any ideas about converting the other person.
Keep things calm and civil.
No insults or name-calling.
Avoid direct confrontation Don’t back anyone into a corner.
Shake hands, thank the other person for sharing their opinion. and part in peace.
These guidelines came as the result of a conversation with someone I do not agree with. Someone I saw as the enemy showed me it is possible to have those difficult conversations and part friends.
The only way to heal the great divide between groups and people is to communicate. Start talking!
“In the best conversations, you don’t even remember what you talked about, only how it felt. It felt like we were in some place your body can’t visit, some place with no ceiling and no walls and no floor and no instruments”