“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” [George Bernard Shaw]
We live in a world of nonstop connectivity, inundated by email, texts, tweets, and Facebook messages—There seems to be a lot of talking, but is anyone really listening? How many times have you found yourself in a conversation in which the entire time someone else is speaking, you're anticipating what you're going to say? Are you quick to offer advice and solutions rather than simply being present for someone else? We tend to default towards being there for someone (active) rather than being there with someone (supportive). We need to remind ourselves that much of the most beautiful communication takes place in the absence of words.