When I began thinking about the word, communication, the first thought that came to my mind was the schism in our society that pits one side against another. It’s all around us – in families, at work, among friends, and all the way to our Congress in Washington, DC. I selected the background to emphasize how shattered our country seems to be in talking with those who hold views that oppose our own.
I chose 3 arrows to represent the communication cycle. The quilt is named Listen, Learn and Speak. It seems that our society needs to recover the most important step in effective communication, the ability to listen. Listen is represented by the purple arrow.
The second communication skill is learn. By listening to others, we can learn why people hold to their beliefs. Often, we gain information and discover that their positions are not that different from ours. Learn is represented by the orange arrow.
All of us as children heard the admonition, “listen before you speak.” So, speak became the third skill in my communication cycle. In our high-tech communicative world, it’s so easy to speak before you listen or learn. It is represented by green, the color we use to know when to "go."
The yellow in the circle is the harmony that results when we listen and learn from one another.