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Recently I have been attempting to be very intentional with my

communication, especially if I have to text someone. I always read over my messages before sending them to make sure they are clear and respectful. I try to avoid miscommunication by being specific and direct. I also try to be courteous and remember to say please and thank you.

Sometimes the conversation is a disagreement and I'm trying to describe my feelings. This can be difficult because written words don't always sound the same verbally. So I would say "respectfully", after a controversial thought or feeling. This reminds the other person that I'm taking their feelings into account, even if I don't agree with them. It also helps to show that I'm treating them with respect and care. This is an important part of communicating effectively, even if we don't always agree.

Honestly, I prefer verbal conversations, however, this is not always possible. It is extremely difficult if you deal with someone who always makes you feel guilty about expressing your emotions. That's why I think it's worthwhile to learn how to communicate effectively via text or email. This way, we can still get our message across without worrying about the other person's reactions. It also allows us to take our time and think about what we want to say so that we can express ourselves more clearly. In addition, it allows us to avoid unnecessary confrontations that can be highly emotionally taxing. This can help us to maintain a healthier relationship with the other person and keep our emotions in check.

So respectfully, I will express myself. I just need you to be open to my message. If you don't understand, please ask me to clarify before you get upset with me and we go down an unnecessary path.

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Unknown member
Jun 08, 2023

Good advice. I think people need to read their texts a few times before pressing send. Written messages can be misunderstood if not worded properly.

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