Recently for fun, a dear friend of mine and I took the 5 Love Languages test together, (I’m an Acts of Service and Physical Touch, for those of you who are curious). But, it got me to reflecting on how language and listening are all part of the communications hub. In turning to my own experiences in parenting, friendships and workplace relationships, I realized that over time we often start “tuning out” those around us when they’re attempting to communicate with us: nodding our head when our spouse vents about their work day, giving noncommittal email responses, throwing out the occasional “uh-huh” when our children rattle on about their play date or some new video game. As a parent, I catch myself doing this: “half listening” to my son telling me about his comic book or conversation with a schoolmate. We all do it. Continue reading
There are times in life when we all feel directionless, at a crossroads. These moments can be pivotal in regards to our personal growth. Standing still long enough to reflect in silence gives us the opportunity to read our inner compass, process our emotions, plan and then ACT.