Communication is a key that fits many locks.

Communicating is both the easiest and most difficult thing to do. It comes naturally, but there are nuances I often forget. Good communication takes practice, but bears great reward.

Like a master key, I use communication to access things otherwise unavailable to me.

I exercise good communication with my spouse, family, friends, and co-workers. I show that I care about what they are sharing. With each person, I listen, reiterate, and respond. I give my undivided attention, even on the busiest days.

If the time is unavailable initially, we agree on another time. I commit myself to the agreed upon time.

Because I make it a point to practice good communication skills, my interactions with others becomes easier.

Directing my attention to another’s needs and removing my attention from my concerns becomes easier each time I consciously listen. I become less focused on myself and more considerate of others.

Good communication breeds great communication. My ability to communicate well improves the communicative ability of those around me. Additionally, a heightened level of honesty exists in my life, because even difficult subjects become easier to discuss.

Today, I am aware of how valuable attentiveness can be. I continue to strengthen my communication skills and hope to maintain a positive impact on the communication skills of others.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Is offering advice necessary to good communication?
  2. Whom do I turn to when I need to talk?
  3. How can I help someone with poor communication skills?