Isn’t communication crazy at times?
You say one thing, but the other person hears something else.
Sometimes miscommunication can arise from hearing a word the wrong way.
When I was a kid I was telling my friends about getting pig feed in my face and hair because a gust of wind blew it up out of a hole in the feed bag that I didn’t see. They rolled their eyes and said that couldn’t be true.
I couldn’t imagine why they thought it wasn’t true.
Later I found out that they thought I said pig feet flew into my hair and face. They heard one word wrong and it changed the meaning of what happened.
Other times people will hear only what they want to hear
We all might have selective hearing at times. It might be that we’re busy, tired or we just don’t like or want to believe what the other person is saying.
How people communicate is a huge determining factor in whether or not we want to spend time with them.
Haven’t we all avoided someone because they never stop talking and it’s impossible to get a word in?
Or because they’re know-it-alls or chronic complainers?
Or you can sense they’re really not listening to you?
We’re drawn to people who communicate and listen well. When we find people like that, it’s like finding a gem.
They talk some – we listen. We talk some – they listen. It’s just right.
And if that communication includes genuine laughter – then you’ve stuck gold.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” ~James 1:19
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.