It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Chapter 3, Page 16, Book 13


This is my oldest son with DD's baby - It looks like they are having quite a conversation.



Communication.  It's the first thing we really learn in life

Meredith Grey


TODAY'S WORD:

Compassion 
sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it

Having several grandchildren in my life, I know that the best way a baby alerts us to the fact that they need something is by crying.  That is the only form of communication they know.  When someones picks them up, changes their wet diapers, and feeds them they are in turn, communicating to the child the fact that they care and want the baby to stop crying.  They are showing compassion.  We say loving words to them assuring them that all will be well.  The baby in turn gives us those adorable little goos and gas that mean so much.  I love to listen to them.  

Some how by the time children reach school age, their words include not only those of love, but anger and fear too.  Guess who communicated those thoughts???  We do need all those words in our life, but I guess my point is that whether we are dealing with children or adults, we need to use words that show our compassion.  Our willingness to be sympathetic to the distress of others and our desire to help.

That is why when there is strife or disagreement, someone must take the first step. We need one another.

 To be compassionate, our communication should touch the heart.  

7 comments:

Munir said...

So true. We do need to communicate. With children however we need to avoid bad words and have patience enough to let them know that we care no matter how hard our own lives can be.

Munir said...

So true. We do need to communicate. With children however we need to avoid bad words and have patience enough to let them know that we care no matter how hard our own lives can be.

That corgi :) said...

I agree in communication to be compassionate with our words; I know a lot of times I haven't been. I always agree with in a disagreement, sometimes one does have to take the first step to try to mend it because you are right, we do need each other indeed!!

betty

Rose said...

Love, love, this photo!

jack69 said...

I was blessed with a compassionate home. There were times when the communications weren't the best, but there was never a time when there was no compassion.
Sunshine here and the 70's.

Chatty Crone said...

Or some never learn... sandie

TARYTERRE said...

Communication is key in any relationship. Did you ever wonder how to effectively get your point across to the family pet. And how they relay their feelings to us?