The value of communication resonated deeply with me recently upon visiting my dear 94-year-old Uncle, now sadly not able to chat because of recent illness. No length of time will bring back the opportunities I missed to ask him questions that I once thought were not important. Family questions that he as the last of the linage could have answered, those silences will remain silent forever.
Communicating silently with my Uncle held so many moments of joy for me, and I felt from the smile on his worn face it did for him too. Precious time. Precious communication through silence. This silence has stayed with me for days, urging me to write, urging me to communicate.
Thinking about communication on a wider scale, or the lack of it, destroys so much. Relationships breakdown, families argue, countries are torn apart, wars are fought. The ability to step outside our own little world is not always easy. We become rigid in our views, attached to concepts, inflexible in our abilities to forgive, dogmatic in our beliefs, firm in our convictions. Yet with even one slight adjustment to move the cog in another direction, communication can change our universe. Communication can allow us a view of other worlds, offer insights to personal dilemmas and alter our journey. What can one do to manifest that all so important moment of communication? READ MORE