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