“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”
The Swing Set Fable
Mr. Jones wanted to build his son a swing set. He slaved away each evening and grew tired and irritable causing concern for his wife.
"You're working so hard," she said. "Wasn't our neighbor, Mr. Williams, a carpenter when he was young? Couldn't you ask him for help?"
"But Mr. Williams has done enough work in his life. I wouldn't want to bother him."
So Mr. Jones kept working, until finally the swing set was finished, and he set it up in the backyard.
A few days later, Mr. Jones went outside and found Mr. Williams gazing at the swing set.
"Hi, Mr. Williams. How do you like the new swing set?"
"Oh, it's wonderful. I built something like that for my son many years ago."
His eyes looked sad, and Mr. Jones remembered that Mr. Williams' son had moved far away for a job.
"I wish you had told me you were building it," Mr. Williams said. "Your son is a good boy. I would have loved to help you do something nice for him."
They chatted for another minute, and Mr. Jones went inside, realizing for the first time that Mr. Williams was lonely.
~ Author Unknown
“Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.” ~ Jim Rohn
“Why do people have to be this lonely? What's the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
― Haruki Murakami
Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people.
“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
― Mother Teresa
“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”
P.S: There has never been a time… in the history of this planet when there was greater connectivity between people…thanks to technology.
Yet, there is a dearth of good communication….we don’t often connect with ourselves or others in meaningful ways.
What if, we could build connections in a way that we could ask….give…and receive with ease and joy ????
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