Lessons Learned the Loud Way

However correct I may feel about something, increased volume tends to compromise credibility.

Persuasion in the context of love rarely needs a microphone.

Wise is the one who recognizes the relationship between tone and reception. Between content and delivery. Between message and method.

Forgetting any of this makes it possible to be right and wrong at the same time.

Remembering any of this makes it possible to communicate more effectively, disagree more fairly, respect more fully, and love more genuinely.

Don’t. Blink.

Don’t. Blink.
Pumpkin seat. Driver’s seat.
Onesies. Selfies.
Teeth. Texts.
Tea parties. T-Mobile.
Crib. Dorm.
Sippy cups. Venti cups.
Bath time. FaceTime.
Playdates. Dates.
(hold on… gimme just a second)
Changing. Cheering.
Teaching. Trusting.
Authority. Advisor.
Held. Walking.
Love. Love.
Dads and Moms at every stage, we’re gonna make it.
They are too.
God’s got us.

How To Communicate With Someone Who Doesn’t Think Like Me

A 21st-century Primer:

Decide intentionally.
Listen honestly.
Disagree passionately.
Argue necessarily.
Forgive quickly.
Persuade respectfully.
Celebrate privately.
Love constantly.
All… simultaneously.

Echo chambers are loud, lonely places.
Speeches are easy. Dialogue is hard.
But there are things to learn and stories to hear if we’ll stretch.
Risk it.
Step out.
If you don’t get it quite right, try again. And again.
Just try.