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Respect for All Can Add Up

Scott Palasik

The holidays are upon us and closing in fast! It takes me back to memories of family, meals, and conversations that come up as we gather together. 

Every family is different. For example, mine is extensive, and we represent a large of thoughts and interests from: 
  • Political Perspectives
  • Sport Teams
  • Occupations 
  • Ways of Communication
  • Life Experiences   

The conversations we usually have are busy, loud, and full of passionate light-hearted jabs. But lately, there have been strained conversations primarily due to polarizing actions from leaders- sometimes, the strain inspires us to act in polarizing ways.

This might indicate that we don’t take the time to learn about the perspectives of others before we respond. Although, not taking the time to learn about other people’s thoughts can come at a cost. You see, our responses can come out in ways that are far from who we are.

It’s funny. My family can talk sports all night long. We can joke about them and gain understanding from the conversations. Even though we think about the sport differently by supporting opposing teams, the sport remains the most critical part of the conversation.

On the other hand, there are other topics we cannot seem to approach, like politics or vaccines. Why? Some might believe it’s because our values are tied to those topics. 

That may be true, but why can’t we see the big picture that matters in these cases too? Can’t we choose to see that a community of diverse individuals matters more than the fanatic side we choose? Wouldn’t this help us discuss the topics that we deem as sensitive?

With diversity comes the opportunity to learn about different perspectives and practice basic kindness. If we can practice basic human respect and compassion, it can lead to understanding others. We don’t have to agree to understand. We don’t have to agree to find common ground. We don’t have to agree to offer kindness or respect for another human, but we can listen and learn before responding.

Keep being you. I hope you find respect for others during the holiday season, no matter how difficult it may seem

Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate. That IS the 3C way!

With compassion and kindness with hopes of learning.

~ Scott Palasik

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About the blogger

Scott Palasik, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Scott values compassion and kindness toward himself and others. He values honesty and the power of creative expression. With these core values, Scott chose to pursue a life of helping others with communication disorders as a skilled Speech-Language Pathologist.

As a person who stutters, Scott has seen the ups and downs of struggling with daily communication and what comes with trying to manage the negative perceptions both internally and externally about communication disorder.

With 3C, Scott hopes to spread the idea that we can all support each other with education, collaboration of ideas, and to help us all build social capital for an accepting and caring community of communicators.

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