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"The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.
We have talked enough; but we have not listened. And by not listening we have failed to concede the immense complexity of our society–and thus the great gaps between ourselves and those with whom we seek understanding." ~ “Is Anybody Listening?” by William H. Whyte which was published in “Fortune” magazine in 1950.

this was written nearly 7 decades ago and yet seemingly the gap continues to widen...in my opinion conversation, communication, respect and consideration through the spoken or written word has not improved. people are poised to react, rather than listening to respond. from interpersonal relationships through how we interact and perceive our world we have become more and more self-absorbed and less mindful that we are part of something bigger than all of us.
whatever you believe, discussing something does not mean merely dictating dialogue. interacting takes time and a respect of the differences we have with one another...
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but be careful not confuse being tolerant with enabling abuse on any level. there is a difference between discussing an issue and being attacked and ridiculed. being pushed to change without reciprocation is a choice.
once those boundaries are overstepped it is difficult to regain the same level of integrity and trust. your opinion matters...
learning to disagree and communicate productively is sometimes the biggest obstacle keeping a relationship intact.
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your worth should never be devalued by someone who feigns they care about you. the realization we have tried all we possibly could to no avail is not an easy one to accept. when something becomes blatantly one-sided we can choose to walk away...
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although huge changes are sometimes disheartening and frightening, life is an ongoing process...you are worth the investment of overcoming the things that hinder your moving and looking forward.



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