Be Strong. Be Clear. Be Kind. Be Free. Be YOU!!!
Thus spoke Jungian Psychologist Deb Stuart from "This Jungian Life" Podcast. I loved what she said. I love how playfully punchy her words are without being judgmental. I love the metaphor. I love the images. And I love how conscious she is of her own reaction to detail-heavy communication. I relate.
Oh, I knew that trying to process Bob's precise details was like drinking from a firehose. What I didn't know was how to express my challenge in a way he could understand. Last night I shared Deb's words with him and they seemed to have some impact.
Later in the evening Bob was taking notes. I asked him what he was writing. He looked ponderous and I felt a big explanation coming on. I noticed his notes were titled Osteoporosis and I realized he was working on my blood chemistry. I answered my own question to him.
He repled, "Yes. You."
I believe he was relieved at not having to explain the entire process then and there.
I could be imagining it but it sure seems he has been much more selective in his tree talk ever since.
Don't get me wrong. I like trees. I often don't offer enough of them. My communication can be too abstract. There is a balance, and it helps to know what level you are speaking at.