I’m thankful for communication
Of late, it has become a conern to me that people have evolved into ugly and nasty taunters as they sit behind their keyboards and express their flaming ideas with no thought that their words are hurtful or harmful to the ones they are addressing - people they don't know, people who have done nothing but express an opinion different than the one they hold.
In considering things I'm thankful for, I was struck by the fact that I'm grateful that we, as humans, can communicate with each other; that we can express our opinions with one another in many different forms. As those skills have evolved over the centuries, there are so many ways we've learned to exchange information.
Since the beginning of time we have developed newer skills and higher levels of communication, some good, some not so good. Here are just a few:
From words to alphabets
Touch – tender or harsh
Even with our animals - pet, purr, bark, lick, tail wag
Social media – interacting, SCREAMING, judging
It is my wish as we approach this holiday season, hopefully surrounded by families and loved ones, that we think about the ways we communicate with each other. Take a brief moment out of our busy days and maybe, just maybe, hone in on the most important part of communication - listening.