The Face of Things

Facts matter and so does ART

Every moment is a great time to reflect on the past lessons, and present futuristic dream seeds.

Most of the time we can spend our lives searching for fulfillment only to discover that we were looking in the wrong places…

In reflection of the face of things at times, this may include interactions with others and encountering various viewpoints we may disagree with. Often it is our egos or pride that can get in the way of us being able to listen to opposing opinions and we can end up aggressively yet passionately seeking to persuade someone else to our position or we can provoke increased hostilities BY NOT listening enough. Hence, it seems that when we emotionally attach ourselves to a set of beliefs we feel connected to and passionate about it may be more difficult to remain calm when listening to opposing opinions and views. However, if we are able to overcome our aroused emotional state intelligently we can foster meaningful and healthy conversations with others in peace. So how can we remain open and emotional temperate to other opinions and viewpoints?

We’ll almost certainly meet folks with whom we disagree or don’t get along. Instead of burying our heels in even more to defend our own ideas and convictions, it’s best to listen to what they have to say. This will take practice but is worth the effort. Listen carefully and try to comprehend what others are saying. Spend less time defending your position and more time learning about the other person and their viewpoints. In summary, seek to understand rather than to be understood within this phase of the interactive conversation before you give your response. Become an active listener. Try to refrain from thinking of counterarguments while someone is talking or thinking of the next responsive comment. Empty your mind and consume yourself with the words being expressed by someone else.

Bottom line As much as you would like someone to agree with your position and accept your beliefs the same way you do resist the need to want to aggressively persuade them. We ought to resist attempts to control others. Recognize that a person has the right to accept or reject a belief and we must also accept that we may not have all the expert answers for everything either. Even if you are right and disagree with someone, you don’t have to tell them what to do or give them advice. While it’s admirable to be helpful, don’t be overbearing. Know when it’s better to agree to disagree. And that’s okay.

In modern times especially on social media, the thirst by some individuals to control others and persuade others on how they ought to think is real. But humanity is at its best when we forfeit our pride and the need to be right, we then can allow room for open discourse and the exchange of ideas. Sharing non-criminal ideas and viewpoints help humanity stay informed and reach beneficial solutions to complex problems. Hopefully, we can transcend our School Yard approach to conversing with others and actually be able to communicate in a healthy manner.

It’s sad we are living through times where there is so much division over disagreements that people are being polarized and divided just because they disagree on certain issues. As a result, massive censorship of free speech is taking place. And For some, these are make-or-break issues. However, it is a living hope we the people do more than break communication but repair it one meaningful conversation at a time.

The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

 –John F. Kennedy

What Communication Skills Are Important?

Having strong communication skills benefits all aspects of daily life, from professional to personal to everything in between. All business transactions are the result of communication. Good communication skills are required to enable others and yourself to comprehend information more accurately and quickly.

What is Communication?

Communication is the ability to understand and be understood. Every day, we use it in a variety of ways. Whether we’re conversing with a coworker or a spouse, effective communication is essential. We’ll look at what communication entails and how to enhance it. Communication is a lifelong skill that relies on a variety of aspects, including empathy and good listening skills, but with time and effort, we can improve our interactions with one another at work, socially, or at home.

A part of communication is the process of gaining information and communicating our own thoughts and potential feelings concerning a range of topics. For it is through communication that we exchange ideas or information with someone or with two or more individuals, groups, or even organizations, whether face-to-face, through the internet or media, by telephone, or electronic device. Although it is a complex and often misunderstood idea, communication is the inter-connecting core of every business, personal, and social interaction.

People communicate through their body language and facial emotions even when they are not speaking. The tone and content of the communication are determined by these two criteria. It’s crucial to remember that even if we don’t say anything, we’re still transmitting our sentiments and thoughts to others, even if it’s subconscious. Communication is thus an essential component of all forms of interactions. It’s a vital ability to master because it allows us to increase our social intercommunication abilities. We may also define our communication strengths and limitations and identify areas where we need to enhance our skills through self-reflection.

Even if people don’t speak verbally, they are still communicating through their body language and facial expressions. These two factors determine the tone and content of the message. It’s important to note that even when we are not using words, we are still communicating our feelings and thoughts to another person, even if it is subconscious. In this way, communication is a vital element in all types of interactions. It is a skill that is important to develop an understanding of that allows us to improve our social intercommunication skills. Also, through self-reflection, We can identify our communication skills’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as areas for improvement. Communication is a two-way process that allows people to express themselves directly and meaningfully while also listening to and comprehending what the other person is saying. Overall, with time and effort, we can improve our listening and speaking skills, which will benefit both our personal and professional lives.

How Can You Improve Your Communication Skills

Communication skills are essential for daily living. Some of the most used and proven ways to improve your communication skills are:

– Practicing active listening-Active listening occurs when you let someone speak and listen to their ideas and feelings and not interrupt or interject to impose your own thoughts and feelings.

– Speaking more privately or in front of the mirror to improve articulation and non-verbal communicative expressions.

– Learning to speak with confidence

-Reading can help improve communicative abilities. [Read More]

– Practice the “golden rule” and be a better listener.

The first step to improving your communication skills is to identify your strengths and weaknesses. For example, you might not be very good at public speaking but you can be a great listener.

The next step is to create an action plan. This includes the steps you need to take to improve on your weaknesses. It also includes what you need to do every day in order to keep developing skills that are already strong.

The last step is to find ways of practicing your skills daily. This could be by enrolling in a course, joining a new social media site, conversing with someone, prayer for assistance, or reading books on the topic you are trying to improve on.

Whatever way you choose, it’s important for this new behavior or skill to become part of your daily routine so that it sticks with you for life!

The most important thing you should focus on is improving your articulation skills. This is the ability to speak fluently and clearly which includes pronunciation, clarity of speech, and speaking with good volume and pacing.

Bottom Line: As it is said, ‘ we were born with two ears and one mouth for a reason so we can listen more than we talk.’ Hopefully, if we seek to understand more than to be understood perhaps we will learn more about or from our exchanges with better insights.

Learn To Purge Your Ego [Pride]

When communicating leave your ego at the door and take the time to listen and understand before you respond. You may not be able to agree with what you hear and you may not understand everything that is said, this is ok. What is important is to hopefully find something you can both agree to, find common ground and work with the other person to find a mutually beneficial solution.

Accepting that not everyone will agree with you is a valuable understanding to have. You are not obligated to agree. All you have to do is acknowledge their right to an opinion. This is a skill that takes a long time to master. This is not an easy challenge to nurture but it is beneficial to keep when it comes to fostering healthy human relationships so we can seek to establish possible common ground and join together to simply converse respectfully or just to solve difficult problems or concerns. However, if we get the hang of it through practice, we should be able to get along well enough to actively deal with a variety of scenarios or issues.

Hopefully, this post presented some interesting helpful tips to get all of us to think about how we can improve our communication skills in person and online with one another. Of course, a faith-based perspective ensues in the soul of those who seek to thrive on Faith. Hope. & Love. For its with these three essential ingredients, humanity can endure in beneficial cooperation. The long game includes simply this, for people to communicate better, truthfully, and freely than we ever have before in history.

The Streams Of Victory Overtake the Lies In An Epic Tale of Restoration…

It is the season for jolly summer bliss. Or is it? Taking a moment just to reflect on all the lovely things this world has to offer such, as the truth. As taboo as truth-telling can be for some the value in living our truth is often preached especially in western societies with reckless abandon and as some may put it at nauseum. Yet, there is an inner desire and/or belief that some people maintain a preference for the honest truth than to be forced fed deceiving lies.

However, at the end of the day how can we determine what is truth over what is a lie? Some would like to make the decision for us and except whatever it is they decide is truth. However, as human beings if that’s what we still are can use are God given brains to think through information and put information to the test through thoughtful cross-analysis.

Of course people wanting to control you and your behavior would not want you doing something crazy like thinking for yourself, asking questions, or have you make or share meaningful observations. But despite the potential onslaught to restrict truth it seems to be able to endure successfully in ways ultimately lies can not. Eventually lies fall flat into nothingness when the light of the Truth exposes its vile intrusion on humanity. Lies no matter how innocent they may appear to be eventually causes more harm than good in any given situation. Indeed, what can be quantified logically is that Truth can sustain the test of even time. What we ought to remember as well is that Truth always comes out on top and seems to always prevail even if attempts are made to destroy it.

Telling the truth may not always be the easy path to take but when it is upheld at the end the honest truth leads to more constructive positive results. Always.

One sure way of truthful discovery is knowing how Truth is a firm reality that can withstand any and all attempts of deconstructing it. With Lies not so much. Lies are weak fragile threads that when put to the test of examination fails every single time. So what then can happen when Truth is exposed against a once fortified Lie that ultimately crumbles at the feet of Truth is that it gives way to streams of victory that eventually overtake the Lies leading to the opportunity for pleasurable restoration.

Hence hopefully in the generations to come upon this beautiful God green earth it is a living hope that societies worldwide embrace the Honest Truth over the promotion of Deceiving Lies that lead to nothing but pain, destruction, and ultimately disastrous outcomes.