What does that mean to you?
In my meditation this morning I focused on unintentional breakdowns in communication. A few minutes in, I recalled a conversation with someone who had lashed out at me for supporting harm reduction. In response, I asked a simple question: What does harm reduction mean to you?
I have come to understand recently that breakdowns in communication often happen because of differing definitions and interpretations. When someone strikes out in a negative way, I strive to change the way I respond.
I have a sharp tongue that likes to come out when I feel blindsided. The fact is that it is rarely ever actually beneficial, and I am working on changing that subconscious response every day.
Instead of lashing out in response, I try to clarify that person’s understanding and point of view of the topic. After I have the background, I am in a better position to help them understand with more clarity, or to help them to correct misinformation and misinterpretation.
Never forget that I love you, and that excludes no one.