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Communication is the lifeline of any relationship, whether it’s with a partner, friend, family member, or colleague. It holds the power to heal wounds, bridge gaps, and foster understanding. When communication flourishes, relationships thrive.

Effective communication involves both speaking and listening. Expressing your thoughts, feelings, and concerns openly and honestly can prevent misunderstandings and resentment from festering. Similarly, actively listening to the perspectives of others demonstrates respect and empathy, strengthening the bonds between individuals. I think this is the hardest part because we tend to have a bias to wanting to hear what suits our own narrative. Hearing other peoples truth can be very confrontational, and maybe that is what prevents connection. 

In times of conflict or strife, communication becomes even more crucial. By engaging in constructive dialogue, parties can address issues, find common ground, and work towards resolution. It’s through communication that apologies are made, forgiveness is granted, and trust is rebuilt, but this takes time to practise.  If you come from a place of conversations being damaging, or people hanging up or being stubborn you may believe communication is futile. 

But, consistent communication nurtures intimacy and connection. Sharing experiences, aspirations, and dreams deepens the bond between individuals, fostering a sense of companionship and support.

In essence, communication is the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Its power lies in its ability to mend, reconcile, and nurture connections, ultimately enriching our lives with love, understanding, and harmony.

If your primary relationships in your life don’t have healthy communication all this can feel impossible and a waste of time. But remember it is in the relational ruptures that we find the strongest repair. 

I have experienced this in my closest relationships in my life and rupture and repair is something we can eventually have confidence in, It is never too late.

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