When I raised my words instead of my voice
Lately, I have been doing quite a bit of self-reflection. In doing so, I have been pondering one of my favorite quotes:
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” —Rumi
From the junk and noise we see in Washington D.C., to the poor and loud communication I have experienced in my own relationships, I have learned what you say, and how you say it, really does matter.
Effective communication is often the only barrier between turmoil and peace. It’s complicated because the impact we seek to make is affected by the type of communicator we are. And our communication type is molded by who we dialog with and how we communicate.
How can we be better communicators as military spouses and business owners?
Show up regularly. It isn’t the flashiest business owner who wins, it is the one who shows up consistently, with the same message, for the same audience who is standing in the end.
Get clear on your personal fears and biases, and work hard to remove them from your message. Allow your life experiences to mold you, not harden you.
Be yourself. We hear this all the time, but you are an original. Look to others for inspiration, but always put things in your own words.
How do you raise your words and not your voice? Comment below and let us know!