Friday, January 5, 2018

Hard conversations are needed

Last year was an extremely difficult and contentious year in our country. In this brand new year, I'm hearing more conversations about finding ways to talk with one another across the great chasm that seems to divide us. We are divided by race, gender, class and political party, to name just a few. That won't change unless we learn to talk with people who may not necessarily see life through the same lenses as we do.

Doing this involves us all learning how to listen better than we typically do. It means really listening—not just hearing what the other is saying while preparing your own comeback!

I like what Brené Brown says in her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: "We're going to need to intentionally be with people who are different from us. We're going to have to sign up, join, and take a seat at the table. We're going to have to learn how to listen, have hard conversations, look for joy, share pain, and be more curious than defensive, all while seeking moments of togetherness."

Right on, Brené!

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