September 17th – Somebody Say Something

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“What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

     There was a disgruntled couple who decided to give one another the cold treatment.  They both refused to say a word to each other and neither one wanted to be the first to speak.  Realizing his alarm clock was broken he wrote a letter to his wife that evening and said, “Wake me when you get up at 5 o’clock in the morning, or I will be late for my appointment.”

When the man woke up around 7 o’clock he realized he had missed his meeting.  Next to his note was a note from his wife that read, “It’s 5 o’clock dummy- wake up.”

Communication is the key to any successful relationship.  Without the proper communication no one will ever know where you stand or how you feel about anything in life.  According to recent research from the Harvard Business Review, “The number one criterion for advancement and promotion among professionals is an ability to communicate effectively.”

If you fail to communicate you have simply failed.  If that is true in business, athletics, and education it is certainly true in your marriage.  Choose your words wisely; articulate your words lovingly, and examine your words consistently.  Failed communication is failed companionship.


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