Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Take Time to Talk and Make the Time to Listen

The Importance of Communication
by Alan Smith

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

The next week, the man realized that he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight to Chicago. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (AND LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 AM.”

The next morning the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and that he had missed his flight.

Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t awakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.”
    Communication — such a vital part of keeping marriages healthy! Show me a married couple having problems and I’ll show you a couple that’s having difficulty communicating. The greatest of problems can be solved with good communication. Even the smallest of problems can be insurmountable without it!

Strong families communicate often.

    Remember when you were dating? You spent a lot of time talking to each other. You could spend hours on the phone at a time, sharing your opinions and your preferences, or just talking about what’s going on. But then you get married, you get to know each other, and you tend to quit talking, and even worse, you tend to quit listening.
    Strong families communicate often. They talk about anything and everything. They also listen to each other. If a member of the family isn’t communicating, they find out why. “What’s the problem? Let’s talk it out, let’s solve the difficulty.”
    Be willing to talk. Be willing to listen. And, perhaps most importantly, make time for both. In our hectic world where everybody is running in different directions all at the same time, we need to make time to be with each other and communicate.

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