Thoughts from the Pond

~ Communication ~
Sometimes listening to someone is the best advice you can give.

Many times it's more important WHY someone is saying something than WHAT they are saying. True understanding means knowing WHY someone speaks or acts as they do.

Communication is a two-way street.

A secret to successful communication:
Speak without offending and listen without defending.

Open your eyes.

Open your heart.
Open your mind.
Then open your mouth.

When trying to show someone why they should do something, it is much more effective for them to see their reasons for doing something than to show them your reasons why they should do them to discover their own reasons and half the battle is won.

A mind is like a parachute: for best results both need to be open.

Everyone has a story to tell.
Everyone has a unique one-of-a-kind life.
Everyone has something of value to communicate to everyone else...
each individual has both student and teacher within.

Communication involves actions as well as words.

Often the door of verbal communication is glass...
others can see through the words to the actions on the other side.

Speak your wisdom and not your anger.
Speak who you want to be and not who you have been.
Listen, learn, and that order.

Words, spoken or written, are one of the most powerful forces.
Words are vessels that contain thoughts, ideas, and concepts.
Words can hurt and words can heal.
Words can give life and words can kill.
Choose the words you give to others wisely...
and choose wisely the words you allow yourself to hear and take-in...

Being kind is one way of saying you know what's important in life...

Communicate...don't dictate.

Sometimes the best way to give advice to someone is to show them, not tell them. Showing someone advice is proof it works.

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