Its all about communication

It seems as of late, that I have been apart of, and am learning more about communication.  Communication with my wife, communication with coworkers, just communicating all over the frickin place.  A few weeks back, my wife signed US up for a Marriage Course at her Christian Reform based church.  I’m not all that relegious to begin with, but I have been around most of the people at the church in a lot of different ways, so I am quite confortable around them and never shy away from anything to do with the church.  I don’t go regularily, but I have gone and do go (on occasion).  I was at first a little wary about this course, as the name of it implies that the only reason you might want to attend is if you are having marital problems to begin with, which I don’t think we are, although I’m sure my wifes perspective is different.  In any case we have been attending for the last three weeks and it has been real good so far.  It occurs one night during the week, in the evening.  You go for dinner, which is catered.  The lights are low and there are lots of candles, but bear in mind that its held in the church.  The intent is that its a date for you and your spouse, plus you sit with other people and talk about whatever.  Its like having a date with your spouse, but then also going out with friends at the same time.  After dinner there is a video that everyone watches and is encouraged to participate in exercises intended to enlighten both of you to each other on several topics which have been identified is important aspects of every marriage.  Its not necessarily religiously based in what its trying to teach, but it is offered up in several ways at the appropriate times. 

My wife is enjoying the “getting out” and it “being a date” as well I am sure, as I am, in learning alot not only about her, but about myself and how to interact, in a general sense to and with other people.  It seems ironic in a way that for some reason, at this time, similar sentiments seem to be occurring here at work, or rather the need for such similar knowledge is presenting itself, here at work.  The CEO today just presented to us a slideshow that he had prepared on communicating in difficult situations, in the work place.  Everything he presented and all of the ideas that he discussed where things explicitly presented to us in this marriage course.  Now whats kinda interesting, and what really makes me think and actually consider these ideas is the different backgrounds of the two presenters in this case.  The CEO has in a general, non-religious way, presented what we have been taught in a sort of religious-based way in this marriage course.  It just interests me that two such different “groups” as it were, could come up with almost the exact ideas.  Needless to say, everything lately has been one big learning experience, although I wonder if alot of even what we have learned here at work today is lost
on those who are not as geriatrically as challenged as myself and a few others here…DOOOOOH!


In the back woods of Arkansas, Mr. Stewart’s wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery.
To keep the nervous father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said, “Here, you hold this high so I can see what I’m doing.” Soon, a wee baby boy was brought into the world.

“Whoa there Scotty!” said the doctor. “Don’t be in a rush to put the lantern down… I think there’s yet another wee one to come.” Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered another little baby.

“No, no, don’t be in a great hurry to be putting down that lantern, young man… It seems there’s yet another one besides!” cried the doctor.

The new father scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor. “Do ye think it’s the light that’s attractin’ them?”


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