What might happen to our communication effectiveness if we just trust this statement?
Ninety-Five percent of all communication problems have their beginnings from two sources.
- Semantics: How we and others define terms and words.
- Perception: How we and others interpret data and events.
What benefit might we experience if we first listen for understanding and then spoke to be understood.
A simple concept that will facilitate powerful results.
Perhaps the disciplined practice of listening begins with suspending our prejudice. Doing so would allow us to step outside our own point of view about people and situations. We can do this by accepting things as they are. This doesn’t mean we have to agree with what we see or experience. It just means we don’t become emotionally impaled by the interpretation of what we see or experience.
Today let’s practice observing people and situation with neutrality. Accept them as they are.
This serenity prayer provides a simple model for living life with love, joy, and peace.
- God, give me grace to accept with serenity
- the things that cannot be changed,
- Courage to change the things
- which should be changed,
- and the Wisdom to distinguish
- the one from the other.
- Living one day at a time,
- Enjoying one moment at a time,
- Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
- Taking, as Jesus did,
- This sinful world as it is,
- Not as I would have it,
- Trusting that You will make all things right,
- If I surrender to Your will,
- So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
- And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Think well and be inspired.