Connected

Sometimes, especially after confrontations of difficulty, we choose to cut ourselves off and face troubles alone. Often times when we are lonely, we choose to stay in solitude rather than enjoy the presence of friends. In life, we occasionally become disconnected from those around us. Although I’ve only enjoyed 17 years on this life, I can say with confidence that the company of others is extremely important in multiple aspects. Every person you will meet will bring something new to the table. Try to befriend every person you anticipate can bring something positive to your life, and try to spread that positivity around in return.

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun.
— Charles R. Swindoll

Stay connected to the things and people that help you, and eliminate the presence of anything that brings harm. In my blog post, Language, I’ve written about a similar idea. Communication and constant company can lead to relationships that improve your life in so many ways. It is hard to enjoy the unavoidable mundane occurrences in life when you are alone, but with the company of even one good friend, the most boring of moments can be transformed into something memorable and great. Seek the friendship of other great people, and always be willing to give as much as you receive. 

 

Stay connected.

Be a friend.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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Language

Language is the most common and clear way for us to communicate. A lack of language would make nearly all sorts of collaborations impossible, which would leave all of us to fend for our own in a world that requires a wide variety of needs. Communication is key for any relationship to prosper, and neglecting to speak the same “language” as someone else is nothing but recipe for disaster. Each and every person has a uniquely created mind that hears, comprehends, and presents their ideas in completely different ways.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.
— Yehuda Berg

Misunderstandings are so common because people choose to assume the meaning of words and actions according to their own brain rather than understanding it from the perspective it came from. Simply questioning the motives behind someone’s actions is the easiest way to avoid unnecessary conflict and pointless quarrels. Communicating honestly and clearly is the most effective way to convey yourself to others. A relationship that lacks this honesty and mutual language is one that is doomed to fail. Just as you should tell others exactly how you feel, make others feel as if they can do the same for you. Communicate maturely with those around you, and enjoy the simplicity of life that begins to appear.

 

Speak the same language as others.

Communicate honestly.

Be happy.

 

- Jonah

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