Hmmm….The Courage and Commitment to Communicate?
Has there ever been something on your mind that you’ve been reluctant to say because you fear the anticipated response? Whether it involves your spouse, child, or co-worker, we all dread initiating those “important” conversations.
Have you ever brought something important to the table and were met with defensiveness and/or apathy, and have been reluctant to bring issues like that up again?
Through these varying life experiences, we develop a reluctance to put ourselves “out there”, to risk ever experiencing such uncomfortable moments again. We learn very quickly to guard ourselves and be mindful of the next time we bring something to the table.
So how do we handle it? We suppress our thoughts and ideas, our emotions and needs, and carry them with us…unspoken.
These unspoken conversations end up as rust on our psyche…leading to silent resignation, apathy, and a lack passion… typically,
we act like we’re FINE, that we’re DEALING.
But are we really?
Let’s face it – the feeling of being in love, the excitement of new opportunities at work – it all begins to wane. We lose our incentive to go above and beyond – in relationships, in work, in school and at home. Spouses are no longer inspired to lavish each other with romantic meals, or bring home tokens of affection “just because”. The desire to put in extra hours at work with the motivation of friendly collaboration and a common purpose slowly diminishes. Children and teenagers don’t talk with family…and when they do, the air is punctuated with meaningless, one-word replies. People aren’t necessarily unhappy, they simply end up “going through the motions” because the courage and commitment to communicate has been all but eliminated.
Well…what if we didn’t have to live this way? What if we didn’t have to go through periods of unnecessary apathy and discomfort? What if, on a day to day basis, you felt excited and inspired to actively participate in your life?
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