"To make Common". This is the origin of the word communication. When we communicate, the true purpose of our words and actions should be to make something common. The "something" can be an idea, a thought, a vision, a goal or a feeling. Therefore, when we have a disagreement with someone, the purpose should be to "make common" how we feel or what we are thinking. This does not mean that we are trying to convince the other person to feel or think the way we do but to help them understand why we feel the way we do or to help them see the meaning behind our thoughts. Unfortunately, most people define Communication as "To make others see that I am right". Too often we enter communication as if it is a contest to prove that we are smarter or "more right" than the other person. This is why most communication is "miscommunication" and ends badly. If we entered every conversation with the attitude that we are attempting to help the other person understand where we are coming from while at the same time, being fully open to what they are saying about how they think and feel, there would be less miscommunication and more communion among each other.
COACH. FATHER. HUSBAND. SON OF THE KING. WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY.