What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – Cool Hand Luke
Communication is complex. We receive information from words, tone, inflection, pacing and silence of another. Communication can get tricky when we speak to someone who has a different gender, culture, socio economic status, religion and political affiliation than our own, specifically if we do not consider their cultural identity or identities.
The video below talks about how language shapes how we think. The wisdom in the video can be a foundation not only for our understanding in how people communicate to us, but it can also inform how we receive someone else words and get a glimpse into their world view.
In this day and age it has become pretty common for people to go straight into judgment and assumptions versus listening intently with an open heart. Often times, people avoid or unfriend people who have values that are different from their own.
Avoidance is not the path towards connection, growth or understanding. It just allows the disconnection to continue and grow until there may be an inevitable challenge.
HeartSpace Circle creates a space for people of diverse backgrounds to come together to share stories from their lives. We know people have some level of fear to be seen and heard in the public and know it is also a deep longing for everyone.
Communication is key when it comes to building relationships, community, connection, trust teams and a culture of understanding, we simply need to be willing to try or try again.