A conversation that starts with criticism, ends the conversation.
A conversation that starts with ridicule, accomplishes nothing .
A conversation that starts with humility, encourages empathy.
A conversation that continues with empathy, leads to trust
A conversation based on trust, encourages creativity.
A conversation that continues with creativity, encourages compromise.
A conversation that continues with compromise, builds a bridge.
A conversation in the middle of the bridge leads to understanding.
It is so easy in our current state of division to lash out against, criticize, and even ridicule those that we disagree with. I will be the first to admit that I am guilty as charged. Even in the most successful relationships, there will are always be disagreements. If building a bridge is so fulfilling, why do we choose to criticize and argue? Perhaps because arguing is easy. All you have to do is disagree. A 3 year old child can do that. Have we become relationship couch potatoes? I am more optimistic than that. We as human have had conversations face to face for thousands of years. Through refinement, it became eloquent to the point of fulfillment and understanding. Our virtual language on the other hand, is but in its infancy. Perhaps 20 years at best. With body language, accentuating of phrases.. all these are lost in the virtual conversation. I don’t know the answer, but I am willing to start a conversation with humility,,,which encourages empathy…… Won’t you join me?