A Failure to Communicate

My wife will ask, “When should we leave to arrive on time?”

I may reply, “Oh, between 5:15 and 5:30.”

I am thinking it should be closer to 5:15 when the car doors close and we’re about to leave. She is thinking that 5:30 is an approximate target.

How often lies that territory between sloppy thinking and misunderstanding.

I made a career from precise communication—from engineering specifications through technical standards development to magazine articles. Yet, I can be as guilty as anyone of sloppy communication.

Failure to say what we mean in a clear way reveals lack of clear thinking. Perhaps even lack of empathy with those we wish to reach.

One thing I love about Jesus is his ability to drive home a point with just a few words. Although, to be fair, sometimes he left behind a puzzle to contemplate.

Today’s lesson is to first think clearly, say what you mean and mean what you say. With kindness.

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