The Keys to True Understanding, Communication and Growth
Many people communicate using the same languages, but less people understand the same meaning of the words that they speak. when children are young, they will often mimic what and how others say things. So youth learns from example and limited perspective.
As grow older and become adults we realize the power and treasure in choice, but we must also take caution. Many people from other cities and cultures have different values, so it is important to know what we are saying. What are the words you use and their meaning?
Three words that I will use for example are discipline, responsibility, and rules. What do they truly mean?
When you use the word discipline to young minds they may think of disciplinary action or punishment. This is not really what the word means. To me it is the rules that you set for yourself guided by personal experience and wisdom or by that of others that you respect or obey. But the definition in many dictionaries varies and there are several meanings. Why is this? Context and syntax? or the way we say things.
Knowing what you say and the reactions and understanding of those around you is important. As you travel and meet new people they may understand things differently, so you have to learn about your new audience to communicate with the effectively.
Quality of Communication in my mind is one of the most important skills that we as cognitive beings should embrace, realize and practice. It is a journey for constant improvement and balanced interaction.
Not everyone will agree with your thoughts and ideas. So it is important to remember this and strive to improve your communication but also your awareness of your surroundings, location, audience and appropriate words.
Rules are important. Why? A rule is not something meant to limit you, but to protect you or keep what you are working on in balance or on a path to reach a certain destination. There are many other ways to view the word, but remember in general a rule is a guideline, not an absolute. If you break the rules, then you need to be aware and accept the consequence. A few good rules might save your life. For example someone took a journey down a path in the wilderness. They were the first, on the way they made many choice and explored several options, but along the way they learn the route that was safest or most effective. When they give you directions they give you some rules for the journey. Why is this? This could be for any number of reasons. If you go off the path you may encounter danger, a cliff, predators, traps, and other obstacles, you might get lost. They give you the rules to help guide you. When you walk your own path, then you have to take responsibility and accept any consequences. Who knows you might come up with some rules of your own that could help others.
This is another word that many have mixed views on and reactions to. What does it mean? Again how it is used is very important can bring across different meanings or understanding. For our purposes in this subject, let us separate it into two words. RESPONSE ABILITY.
What is your ability to respond? Are you reliable? How do you review and react to information? If you take a certain action, how do you respond to the outcome? Do you blame others try to make them the owner of the situation, predicament or outcome?
Responsibility is not a scary word. Responsibility is a word of power. When you are able to respond at the top of your game and take on the role and importance of accepting the consequences of your own choice and actions you can know how to react. You can make atonement for your mistakes. You can apologize for things you have done wrong and you can learn. When you take responsibility, you can receive some of the greatest rewards for success.
Words have power when you truly understand them and communicate them effectively.
Everyday we use words to discuss and communicate with each other. It is important for us to learn and share in order to grow. How can we improve our awareness and understanding? How can we improve our communication with each other? What do our words really mean to us and how do we use them?