The positive affirmation for the month is what are you talking about? But the real question for you to ask yourself is “who is listening”?
Are you the recipient of one-sided conversations? At work, at home, with family or friends; always there to listen to someone else. But when it is time for you to tell someone about your happiness … are they happy for you? When times are bad… are they there to console you?
Probably not! Because they were not listening to you.
Meaningful conversations have benefits. Benefits that include building and fostering meaningful relationships, a sounding board for new ideas or decisions, the ability to speak openly and honestly, and most importantly . . . changes how we see the world around us.
Although conversations happen everyday of your life, almost half of them are meaningless. Meaningful conversations can make a big difference to the quality of your life. Ask yourself . . . are those conversations worth your time? How much time can you save by eliminating meaningless conversations on a daily basis? Think of all the free time you can have doing something else.
If you are a great listener . . . find someone to talk to! If you are a great talker . . . start listening!
- Stop, Look, Listen. (jaybirdslady.wordpress.com)
- The Psychology of Constructing a Conversation (psychcentral.com)
- Am I Your Therapist or Your Friend? (fashionandflowers.com)
WHAT are you talking about?
Make your daily conversations meaningful. Measure how much these conversations are worth and the benefit to you. Often these conversations are just a way to distract you from what you need to be doing. Do not fill your hours and days with conversations that are not positive and uplifting. Communication is important. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Demand the same from others who want you to listen to them. Ask them to clarify what they are talking about. Rephrase what you think they mean to eliminate misunderstandings. Talk about your goals and dreams, not about current events and other people. Small minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.
“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” ~Bahá’u’lláh
When the word diversity is spoken, you think of people from different races, gender, class, educational level, etc. But when you hear the word unity . . . none of those things come to mind.
A garden in which all the plants are of the same shape and color lacks in beauty; it is dull and monotonous. The garden that is pleasing to the eye is one in which flowers of every color and fragrance grow side by side. It is the joyous contrast of color that gives the garden its beauty and charm. And though different, each flower is refreshed by the same rain and receives the warmth of the one sun.
Unity is necessary to existence. In the material world, all things owe their existence to unity. Attraction, harmony, and unity are the forces that hold humanity together. Unity of thought is unfulfilled if it is not translated into unity of action.
So . . . when you meet people of different races, nationalities, religions, and opinions, you should not allow those differences to become barriers to you. You should think of them as different colored flowers growing in the garden of humanity, and be glad to be among them.
So back to the affirmation for this month, what characteristics make up your powers? For me, I would have to say . . . unity.