During my upbringing my father impressed upon me and my siblings the importance of “choosing our words“. He would tell me that if I ever wanted to make a difference in this world, it would be my responsibility to make sure that my ‘audience’ understood what I was trying to convey. Wow!! Does that feel as heavy to you as it did to my 10 year old self?
It began by not just finding, but defining, the words in word search activity books. And then using words from the Sunday Jumble in sentences. When I began completing the Sunday Crossword (in ink), I felt like I had a solid command of the English language.
And so as I grew up, I came to appreciate this foundational lesson from my father. Whether writing an essay for a class, preparing for and competing as a member of the debate club, or just communicating amongst my group of friends, I learned the power of the English language.
As my academic life transitioned into career-based I quickly learned the impact of this childhood lesson. Whether as a subordinate wishing to contribute or upon moving into management and desiring to discover what motivated my team, being able to communicate was always at the core of building meaningful and productive relationships.
And then one day about 4 years ago as I watched the news with tears streaming down my face, I could not help but ask . . . “what can I do?”
Ever been there? Come on – just turn on the news or open a newspaper. The internet, as we know, is frought with reasons to feel despondent. Now, answer the question. . . What can I do?
For me the answer came after many hours of quiet contemplation; prayer.
Conversations of Consequence is, for me, the evolution of my father’s lesson from my childhood. While it is my responsibility to ensure I am communicating in such a way that my audience understands what I am sharing, it is also my responsibility that those conversations contain substance.
I’m learning to stop and think before I share. In a day and age where it is easy to sit and complain – time and time again – about the same old subjects, it is imperative that what I put out in the world brings value.
Is what I am saying contributing to a collective good or feeding a frenzy of compulsive judgments.?
Am I operating from a perspective of sharing or am I attempting to impose my ideas on others?
Will what I have to share support my personal life commitment: to support the healing, liberation and full awakening of all that lives?
And so, I invite you to join me on this journey of committed conversations of consequence. We need not engage in conversations that do not support Love and healing in our relationships; whether they be friendships, families, and/or communities. We are called and made to be better than that!!
Yes! It is our responsibility. It is our responsibility to contribute to the common good, the healing of relationships and ideas; to engage in Conversations of Consequence.
ACTION ITEM: Head on over to the Conversations of Consequence Facebook page and share with others there. In what areas of your life are you committed to having ‘conversations of consequence”? What might that look like for you? I cannot wait to see what you have to share!
Being is LOVE!
Chief Travel Partner
Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I love you deeply, for in truth we are old friends. We are One.