By Adepoju Sophia Temiloluwa
the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” -Anthony Robbins
EMOTION -The seven lettered word has so much influence on our lives. I am positive that there is no one alive who has not felt an emotion at a certain time of his or her life. Be it love, anger, happiness, sadness, loneliness, irritation, fear and so many more. These different types of emotions play an active role in our lives and how we interact with other people around us.
But I have come to realize that converting our thoughts or feelings into words have become one of the most difficult task we have been faced with.
Most times I just wish I could just create a mind link like the mythical werewolves- then I would be able to broadcast my undiluted feelings, but sadly I am human and I have to articulate how I feel, express my opinion on matters around me.
Let’s say you have an issue that has been bothering you for some days. Maybe you had a fight with your friend or relative or someone random. It was a heated conversation and each party ended up getting hurt because of some harsh words that were exchanged. Maybe you were right or maybe you were wrong.
Now imagine being drowned-a nasty scene isn’t it? You feel the oxygen being cut off from your lungs, your eyes burning, heart racing, limbs flying all around.
The same thing goes for communication, when you bottle up how you honestly feel, you indirectly begin to drown yourself in them. You choke and breathing becomes hard.
Remember drowning? What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Getting out of the water and stabilizing your breathing. Also in communication because your heart is heavy you want to let go of these burdens so that it becomes light and you feel peace or freedom.
So if you want to experience fresh air, I urge you to start speaking up. Now when you convey these emotions always remember to put yourself in the shoes of the person you are talking to. Try to understand the effect your words carry.
Use your words politely when communicating. You should never use your words to hurt anyone. I know that communicating how we truly feel can be strenuous, but it is important that we learn to become fluent in the language of communication.
Now take a deep breathe and call or text that person and tell them how you truly feel.
“Verbal communication is essential in order to understand what is going on inside other people. If they do not tell us their thoughts, their feelings, and their experiences, we are left to guess.” – Dr. Gary Chapman.
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