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Hello, is anyone there?

Hello, is anyone there?

Lately, I have heard from colleagues around the world, that a common theme missing in professional and personal interaction  is the lack of real, productive, authentic and genuine communication. Yes, you read that correctly.

Let’s back up to the introduction of email messaging. Remember when we thought it was such a novelty? When emailing came on the scene, during the 90’s at the Florida Lottery,  I was a press secretary for Rebecca Paul. I was then thrilled at this amazing technology.

We could now do e-blasts of press releases to the media and communicate via email to people on an international level in an efficient way. There were so many advantages to sending out messaging to a large group of people for which I did not to have call individually. Whew! But, on second thought, I did have to answer the phone when they called me with questions. That was fun though!

Next, we can recall when text messaging was developed and introduced to the public at large and then in professional communication. Now, it’s such a common form of communication to the masses, the President of the United States utilizes it frequently without having to engage with the general public.

Study upon study provides us the research that screen time is detrimental to our kids health, to our health and now they say blue light increases sugar consumption! What?! So, for example, if you are on your computer at night and the screen is lit with no other lighting in the room, the blue light from the screen is detrimental to your health. Yep!

A very interesting article that I read recently in “The Balance Blog,” is about the top ten communication skills to cultivate. I happen to agree with this list.

  1. Listening

  2. Non-Verbal Communication

  3. Clarity and Concision

  4. Friendliness

  5. Confidence

  6. Empathy

  7. Open-Mindedness

  8. Respect

  9. Feedback

  10. Choosing the Right Medium

(https://www.thebalancecareers.com/communication-skills-list-2063779)

Obviously, we understand why sending an email cannot possibly demonstrate the benefits of listening, and many other passive communication items listed here. Do you feel that something is missing now, maybe in our feeling of accomplishment and achieving a feeling of purpose in the workplace? Doesn’t talking to each other by giving compliments on a job well done help everyone feel good? I think we can agree on this aspect of a lack of communication. Not to mention, within families and interpersonal relationships. Some people don’t talk on the phone anymore. Period. That is sad and it emphasizes the distance we now cultivate within our relationships. We can say anything we want by texting or emailing without a certain accountability. Especially on social media. Without having to look at the face of the person we are railing against, we can say whatever we want, right?

Finally, how about the amount of time it takes to go back and forth via emails to answer questions and discuss complicated topics? Oh my gosh! Just call me please?! It takes a minute to leave a message. And it may take a few minutes to actually talk to someone on the phone in order to clear up a confusion around …. guess what—an email. Even interviews are done in writing now. Not that it’s horrible, but where is the energy there? The shared energy and synchronicities are non-existent in a written Q and A.

I often used to visit the same village in the Luberon in South of France. A portion of my day as well as that of the local residents, was spent on visiting. Simply discussing the weather, the best meat at le boucher, the cheese at the épicerie, and so on. Not a lot of time but enough of a friendly respite, in being present. Listening, caring, and exchanging ideas and so on. It is common in many European cities and villages, especially small ones.

The days of calling each other have dwindled and it’s clearly not contributing to feelings of positivity, friendliness, clarity and conciseness.

I’d love to see a show of hands for those who feel the same way. In fact, my new book will focus on communication and the fear of interaction we exhibit now. It will focus on other ideas as well, but lets face it. We need to get back to visiting each other and spending time in conversation. Even at work. Talk to your friends, to your colleagues, to the mailman or woman, and ask them what they think. Conduct an informal study and see what your results turn out to be. Then share —-please! Exciting things happen when people talk to each other.

Oh yes and give me call…

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Transition

Angels wings

surround my flight,

peaceful union,

soft winds sigh.

Flying higher

as I go,

fearless leader

no more foes.

Changing now,

feeling the shift,

to higher being

without woe.

Sailing now…

effervescence,

seeing all

in my presence.

The stars…

light the way

tis clear.

No more body,

no more fear.

Summer Solstice

Mother Moon

has come and gone,

Summer Solstice

on the lawn.

Expecting miracles

to celebrate…

expanding roles

within our fate.

Intention aligns

while holding grace,

to share the word,

to mark the place…

where we ascend,

and rise above,

to experience everlasting love.

Daily Inspiration

Happy Easter!

Daily Inspiration

Purpose

And as she found herself alone,

on distant shores

he once did roam…

the vigil of the time bemoaned,

collapsing in grief

she painfully owned.

Paralyzed by fear and doubt,

knowing faith…

she brought to bear,

dusting sand from face and hair,

kneeling, standing, then in stride,

she felt his spirit by her side.

Connection made…

now feeling strength,

mounting her steed,

with longing sighs,

as the ensuing journey–

does belie,

her destiny…

not to be denied.

Onward sojourners

light the way,

with the message of the day.

Now and forever

Be the Love

as above,

so below.

Tis all there is…

Tis all we know.

Beyond the Veil

Ancients followed

the well worn path

to preserve…

what is now our past.

The truth now

will set us free,

in the shadow of

the wisdom tree.

Druids, fairies, tiny Gnomes

scattering unseen

as we roam.

The silent Forest

stands before us,

particles of light

shower the dearest

of our clan…

enlightening magic

passing on

filling the void.

Silent Forest

lend your ear,

gather to embrace

in this chosen year.

Fire Dreams

Smell of fire smoke

fills the air,

dreams percolate

leading to dragon’s lair

waiting for a

maiden fair….

ready to swallow

in one bite…

dueling in midair,

who will smite,

save the day,

only you can-

the fairies say.

Come, come and fan

the flames to life,

saving the Maiden

from pain and death,

burning the dragon

with its own breath.

Follow your dreams

and start a new life,

saving yourself

to share the light.

 

 

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