”The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably,
but they signify quite different things.
Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
~ Sydney J. Harris
When I saw this quote it made me stop, and smile, quite frankly. How many times have I heard my kids, co-workers, or myself for that matter utter the words, “I’m just saying”? Well clearly if we’re all just saying then likely no-one is listening, internalizing, aligning, comprehending, acknowledging, or giving a dang. Yep, there’s surely no communicating going on there! Kinda like writing a blog that no-one is reading. (Sorry, did I say that?)
Then throw in any other dynamics, like gender gap, generational gap, cultural gap, or opinion gap and we have a whole bunch of information flying around or falling flat on the floor. Just the awareness and mental picture of it is sad and exhausting. As my Mom used to say, guess we all just want to hear ourselves talk. Ouch, never fun to admit when mamma was right!
It’s all so simple, and yet so profound. I must practice “just listening” instead of “just saying.” I fear I have a long way to go.
Communicate and be blessed!