I walk into the kitchen and announce to my husband that the toilet is running again.
My two year-old looks up at me inquisitively, "How is it running? I wanna see it!"
I try again to show her what I mean when I say the toilet is running, knowing that she is still picturing a toilet with legs. My words fall on deaf ears as the moment has passed. She is off to find her brothers and scheme about getting back into the magic toilet tank.
As I reflect on this exchange it makes me think about how often adults say things we don't mean.
So literal. So tangible. So concrete.
As skilled as we are at communicating; speaking, writing, phoning, texting, tweeting, adults often forget to be clear in the message being sent. The definition of communication is the conveying of ideas from one entity to another. The give and take to create shared understanding. Communication does not happen in a vacuum.
Miscommunication occurs when the real meaning is misinterpreted. Generally not an issue of comprehension but reception.