Thursday, January 21, 2010

Communication





So the other day I wrote about "Listening" & it dawned on me this morning that as important as it is to listen there's much more to communication then just listening. I wonder in this day of uber communication whether we are truly communicating better. I know it's easier then ever to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world but has the art of communication been lost in all the technology?

I believe true communication is a very important part of living a more joyful life. I think trying to make your way through everything we're bombarded with in this day & age can be tough though. I've written before about trying to quiet the noise around you & I think with communication it's especially true. I think that everyone that comes into your life has a message for you. Sometimes it's not a message we want to hear because many times we get back what we put out into the world. And for many of us what we put out is our biggest fear. I wrote blog early on that I entitled "reflection" that talks about how the universe gives us back what we put out into the world.

To me this "reflection" is the reason to pay attention to everything that comes into your life. Don't get me wrong it's not easy to see the things you don't like about yourself reflected back at you but in order to grow & become a better person I believe it's a necessary evil. The more people you truly communicate with in your life the better the opportunity there is to learn & grow. I know at times we all get tired of communicating with anyone, that's ok. But to truly grow & learn the messages God/universe is sending into your life you need to take the time to communicate with everyone who enters your life. It's only through the art of true communication that we can discover what we need to know to continue our journey to a more joyful life.

Practice listening & communicating, open your heart to all that enter into your life & pay attention to the messages that you are receiving, even when they aren't things you want to hear. Sometimes it's only through hearing the messages over & over again that we can grow & change our life.

I hope you all have a great weekend,

Till Monday,

Bill

Quote of the day:"Practice the art of true communication with everyone in your life. The message you receive can open your heart to a more joyful life."




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10 comments:

Coffee With Marty said...

Last night, my mother was going through some of her dad's old things. She pulled out a box of letters, cards, and memos that her dad & mom had given each other. I marveled at how in love they were! I worry that a text message, email, AIM, etc... just isn't enough to build a relationship on.

I think you need more than that. A personal, loving communication between two people. One that stems from words spoken with feeling.

Sorry to badger you with relationship talk all the time, but it's whats on my mind. I guess that's why I like your blog, it's my little place to rant.

Ranting always,

Marty

Timberwolf123 said...

I don't feel like you're ranting at all. I appreciate your thoughts & I love to talk about relationships, we all have to deal with many kinds in our life. I too believe something is lost through all this "new communication" but I also believe it's bringing us all closer together which is a wonderful thing....let's start a campaign...write a real letter to someone today!

Bill

Jenn said...

I was going to say something to the effect of what Marty said. I too wonder very much if social media and cell phones and the like are actually helping us to communicate, or rather hindering the process.

Jenn said...

...And ironically enough, I just encountered this article on another blog: "Social Media: Helping or Hurting Relief Efforts?"

http://www.charlestlee.com/humanitarian/social-media-helping-or-hurting-relief-efforts/

Timberwolf123 said...

Yes Jenn that's interesting that someone else is debating this as well. As I said to Marty we need to start a "letter a real letter today" campaign bring back some of that old style communication. I've always been romantic & a letter is so much more wonderful than an email.

Hugs,

Bill

Healing Morning said...

While texting, emails and all can be nice little extras in a relationship, I firmly feel they can become too heavily relied upon as the primary form of communication. NOTHING replaces sitting face to face and having a conversation - the topic doesn't even necessarily have to be a deep one. What's important is sharing words, thoughts and emotions.

As for the writing real letters campaign, I do that with a small handful of friends & relatives. We still exchange handwritten letters via the good old USPS. Guess who started this campaign? Yep, me. I'm known in my family as The Great Communicator. (You're all shocked, right?)

Thanks for another lovely post, Bill.

~ Dawn

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Anahid said...

I agree with what's already been said. Although technological/social networking means of communication can be helpful to stay connected, they can never have the same affect of face-to-face communication. The former should be an addition to the latter, NOT a replacement for it.

Quiet Waters Rise said...

I agree also with what has already been said, although I must say that social networking allows me to keep in contact with my friends and family that I don't live in close proximity to (which is most of them) lol.

For example, once each of my family & friends connected on 'Facebook' or 'My Family' we are able to communicate on a much more frequent basis than we ever did before, which has brought us closer than we were before.

No, it cannot & will not replace the phone conversations, letter writing, or face to face talks, but it certainly brings an added connection, which helps with the communication & listening when we are blessed enough to meet face to face.

Canyn said...

This is a very interesting and thought provoking blog. It is so true that we have to pay attention, not only to understand what we are being told for the present moment, but for what we are being told about the past. You always make me think! Thanks for this one!