Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t? Pressed SEND on an email and regretted it? Mailed a letter you wish would have gotten lost in route? What if we paused and asked ourselves before any type of communication: What is my:
INTENT? Even if it’s to inform someone that what they did (or are doing) is wrong or displeasing to you, how do you want the communication perceived by the receiver?
- With disappointment, resentment, shame, guilt?
- With encouragement, support, peace, forgiveness, understanding?
Is your INTENT to make them feel good or feel bad? Is your INTENT to help them or chastise or degrade them? While you cannot control how someone is going to react to what you say or write, you can do your best to convey your intent. My intent in writing this weekly blog is to help people by giving them the latest information or having them consider looking at a situation from a different perspective. My goal is to lift people up. At times, I have deleted paragraphs or entire topics because I was concerned the message might be perceived in a negative way and do more harm than good.
With today’s plethora of social media outlets, webinar platforms, messaging formats, and constant cell phone access, it behooves all of us to PAUSE before we press SEND or comment verbally. We need to quickly ask ourselves: Is this communication exemplifying the best version of me? Is this the best way to handle this situation? Am I trying to fully understand this person’s actions or point of view? If the answer is “NO”, then stop, delete, remain silent for a moment.
People get beaten down enough today. They beat themselves down. They don’t need our help making it worse. Let’s make it our intent to help, to lift people up, to try to understand rather than be understood. Let’s make our intent to find the best in people. When we do, they are more receptive, and we are at our best. That’s Living WELL Aware!
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