It’s simple. We speak. We react. We hold back. We yell. We drive each other mad with words. We hear words that aren’t even spoken.
The give and take of words. Communication.
That is really what our interactions boil down to with (for most of us) 99% of the population. These are the things we base all thought, emotion, and belief.
I just want to take a second to examine relationships for a moment and notice that everything, both good and bad comes down to ones ability to communicate.
Can the husband tell the wife what he wants? Can the wife accept it and not over react? Can the daughter tell the mother she is different and the mother understand the words she is saying?
Here is where I think education plays an important role in relationships. The more words you know the more you can pin point the thought. The emotion. The feeling.
We live in a world of constant contact. Constant interaction. Constant rhetoric and reading. I know for a fact 3/4 of my conversations take place in a texted format, whether that is IM, email, facebook, or texting on my cell.
I’m think one thing and the other person has a different reaction; and in the end your more confused than if you had picked up the phone to begin with and spoken to them.
The modern worlds instant gratification of being able to text (in whichever format) seemingly constantly dilutes the words and importance of actually sitting with someone and speaking to them. We no longer meet for coffee to just catch up. We buy the coffee in the drive thru lane and text our status to facebook.
I am thrilled when I meet up with friends and just talk to them. No tiny buttons. No miscommunication. No room for misinterpretation.
We forget how important body language is and how much that says with out saying anything at all. How do you text someone grabbing you for a hug?
)))Hugs((( just doesn’t count.
I suppose it is up to each of us really; how we continue to communicate.
Relationships, love, friendship, divorce, kids, school, and I’m sure weddings all exist in text somewhere. Have all been performed in text somewhere.
Here is to hoping that for the next stages of life we can get off our handheld devices and look eachother in the eye and communicate.