In the Buddhist teaching, Upajjhatthana Sutta, there are five remembrances for contemplation. The one I…
Madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein
Holidays can be madness. You get together over the same meals, sometimes in the same location, and often having the same conversations. We are all very well-rehearsed in our roles for these conversations. Further, many of us know and dread what is coming.
Perhaps hearing a hurtful comment or bias-laden diatribe is unavoidable at your Thanksgiving but, your response can be disrupted.
To stop a pattern, interrupt it.
When conversations follow a pattern, you have some control because you can prepare. I don’t mean rehearsing clever retorts, or stinging comebacks. I mean responses that disrupt the moment. Choose to be clear, rather than just being “right.”
Tomorrow we will work through some scenarios and strategies for doing just that.
Gina Razón is the Founder and CEO at GROW Voice LLC, a full-service verbal communication studio in Boston’s Back Bay. She has over two decades of experience as a teacher of voice and speech, is a communication and change facilitator, and is a voraciously curious voice user. Gina has worked professionally as a classical singer for over a decade and more recently as a professional public speaker. For more information on the studio or to book Gina visit www.growvoice.com.