Things said, explained and understood; become things learned and knowledge acquired. It’s called communication which technically does not occur until the person speaking is understood by the person listening. Too often there is more talking back and forth and less communicating. Most people never stop to hear what the person said to them and far less time getting an understanding of what they actually meant to say.
Speaking has always been a cultural thing. There is correct English and then there is the English we speak commonly on a day-to-day basis. There was a time when the emphasis on correct English was hard, fast and iron clad and that seems to be falling away. I listen to people all the time and realize that they do not know how to correctly conjugate a verb to save their life and most have used improper English for so long that they don’t even know how to correct it! The point is, the art of communication has been getting lost for some time and technology wave isn’t helping it at all. Some people hide behind the technology as an excuse to not communicate effectively or efficiently or at all! Some people think the technology hides their tone but even emails and texts carry the message loud and clear, messages that probably shouldn’t be hidden anyway.
When you communicate with people you love, it should be truthful even when the truth may hurt. I never said ignore tact but let’s face it, the truth can hurt but the ability to be honest with people you love is priceless. Notice I used the term communicate and not talk. Communication in this sense is to make sure what you said is what’s understood. Often that gray area holds the key to so many misunderstandings, arguments, discussions, disappointment, breakups and yes divorce.
Men and women think, act and therefore communicate differently. Women tend to think more about the relationship and how they feel and often express their feelings clearer. For a man to communicate, a woman has to be patient and listen. Since men spend most of their time trying NOT to talk, forget communicating. Men either get intimidated or frustrated when asked to explain what they meant when they said something. To them, it’s a like a trick question; for a woman it’s gaining clarity. People tend to choose talking over communication because it’s quicker and most just want to argue, disagree and fuss rather than resolve.
Talking ensures that a person will get off his or her chest, their feelings, it doesn’t guarantee that those feelings were understood which means a 90% chance those same things will or must be addressed again. Communication says not only did I hear what you said, I understood it and now I can either work on it or respond back to you appropriately; either way dialogue is now in effect. Dialogue is good. It’s better than just talking dialogue means remaining on subject about the discussion at hand and communicating on it until resolve.
Communication actually solves issues, talking guarantees something to talk again. Communication requires work and a lot of that work is nonverbal, there’s thinking, feeling and attempting to see something from the perspective of the person you are speaking with. Talking just means having a response after the other person is done speaking. We talk without thinking and that’s never a good thing. Communication breeds understanding, acceptance, tolerance and truth. You may never totally agree with your mate, friend or other people in life but understanding them and the differences between the two of you can bring you to at minimum a place of truth. Relationships grow in truth and understanding!
Let’s communicate and grow and allow others to grow!