Hot climate culture - Cold climate cultures.
How do you communicate with others that are different from you? How are we able to keep communicate well with others. This week, Duane and Muriel Elmer fixed our attention on the awareness of interpersonal relationship skills and how we need to ask more questions rather than give answers. The key? is to listen.
God is much bigger than your culture, and traditions.
This week was a different style of teaching, this week was very interactive and with real-life stories - on cross-cultural differences. Now serving as a missionary/student for 3 years I’ve experienced culture shock and how to deal with cultural adjustments, I’ve learned this week to listen and become educated on how to deal with frustration, indirectness, and isolation. With every opportunity, we are faced with a choice we can either listen and understand the individual or rationalize and withdraw from others and become isolated. I was struck with a quote from this week “Listening is so close to loving - that you can’t tell the difference.” To honor people is to listen, and by listening we are able to create a safe environment.
My mind has shifted learning majority of the world deals with an indirect style of communication, in order to save the shame of the other person. I’ve come across with being more direct with others and I like the same style of communication to be addressed back to me. Knowing this I’m going to be aware of how I communicate, and not to offend others to feel shame or for feelings to be hurt. My heart motive is first, to slow down and to listen to the one in front of me. Inter-personal communicate is huge, I know later in life the older me will thank the younger me for taking this class. I want to change my perspective before letting my emotions get ahold of me, to get educated and allow room for differences. One person's difference is another persons ’normal’.