If you remember, back in November I conducted a survey about the issues couples face the most in their marriage. Back in January (and some in February), I talked a lot about the number one issue according to that survey: prioritizing time with your spouse (the posts are linked below if you missed them).
- 5 Reasons you Struggle to Find Time For Your Spouse
- Why it's Important to Find Time For Your Spouse
- 5 Things to Talk About on Date Night
- 6 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time With Your Spouse
The second biggest generalized issue from that survey was communication. There's a LOT to be said about communication. It's not easy.
To start of my "series" on this topic, I thought I'd share some quotes from famous people that I found on the subject.
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -George Bernard Shaw
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said. -Peter Drucker
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. -Tony Robbins
The two words 'information' and 'communication' are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through. -Sydney J. Harris
Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know. -Jim Rohn
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Two monologues do not make a dialogue." -Jeff Daly
Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening. -Emma Thompson
You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time. -Scott Peck
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. -Mark TwainThose are some powerful quotes wouldn't you agree? What I took from these quotes is that communication is more than just talking and that it's often hard to get your point across.
What did you learn from these quotes?
Be sure to come back next week as I talk more about communication in marriage.