it doesn’t matter what you say, if what’s being understood is different. As Paulo Coelho says it, people only hear what they want to hear.
Like a game of broken telephone, there’s lots of room for miscommunication the further we go down the line.
Your friend probably didn’t mean to hurt you. Your landlord probably didn’t mean to inflict so much trouble for your family. Your government authority only wanted to make things safer for everyone.
Things get lost as they travel. And with a widespread warp in intentions, we can offer compassion instead of putting up more walls to divide us.
What would it cost to be more patient with others?
What’s the cost of making someone else feel like they’re not being heard?
It’s less expensive in the long term to eat healthy and exercise regularly than to live on processed, calorie-dense foods and a sedentary routine.
At what cost are we willing to ignore our problems so that we can stick with how things are in the short term?
There are lots of things that don’t require large amounts of time or money to solve (at least when they’re still small).
When we’re overseeing a space with people in it, being attentive to human needs might be a good way to keep people together for the long run.
Are we seeing the room as people with human tendencies, or non-stop labour machines with human characteristics?
Deciding on which one we believe can determine the kind of environment we’ll surround ourselves in.