COMMUNICATION

One of the major problems we have in our world today is the way we communicate. We either communicate too much or inaccurately; directly related to television, radio, internet, newspapers and magazines. The media exaggerates a story or misinterprets a situation creating a rise in misunderstood panic amongst groups of people the story is related to. It basically creates a mountain out of a molehill. This is communication overload.

A lack of communication between spouses, friends, siblings and co-workers leads to misunderstood intentions. Not sharing one’s feelings will create mistrust and misinterpreting a situation or occurrence. This is what non communication creates.

Years ago while I was visiting my son Jason in his classroom, his teacher observed our interaction. She approached offering to show me how to communicate better with him. She explained I wasn’t talking to him; rather I was talking around him, as if he still was an infant. She placed a chair directly in front of Jason and asked me to sit down. She told me to look directly in his eyes and asked me what I saw. I saw a sparkle, a sense of awareness and non-communication using facial expression. I asked him if he was okay and he responded with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile. I asked him if he wanted me to leave and immediately the twinkle was gone and he lowered his lips in a pout which I interpreted as no, don’t leave mom. I looked up at his teacher with astonishment. For the first time Jason and I were communicating. We hugged with the joy of accomplishment. This learned experience allowed Jason and I to have a special connection which lasted until the day he died. This is communication in the most profound form.

Hugs
Jude

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