Have you ever gotten home from an exciting day and you want to tell your partner every single detail but they aren’t mentally or emotionally ready for it? You launch into your long story anyway and your partner is frustrated with you for not understanding why they’re not receptive to hearing it. We’ve all been there.
In this week’s episode of Breathe In, Breathe Out, Krystal shares why this miscommunication happens in the first place and exactly how to fix it.
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Welcome back to Breathe In, Breathe Out. I’m Krystal and I am thrilled that you’re here. Thrilled that we’re here together. Oh, I just love podcasting this week. I want to talk about communication a little bit. I’m a storyteller. I’m a Weaver. I share a lot about my life, little tidbits here and there, and I really appreciate you guys being willing to come along this journey with me and witness my vulnerability and witness my tips and tricks. And, I hope that you’re finding benefit and support in what you hear and are able to grow in your own life as well. This week, as far as communication goes, I want to share a little bit, a little glimpse into how my husband and I communicate. So Jay likes very direct, specific communication. It is line, line, line done. When he asks a question, he usually just wants the facts, just the facts.Read More
So we start creating assumptions and alternate realities, and we want to process the lack of communication. What does it mean that he only did this or that? What does it mean that they aren’t telling me more? I don’t understand. And we get a little bit insecure or maybe it’s that we’re sitting there going as a story done. I’m so over it. And I really just want to, I’m hungry. I just, I just want to eat dinner. You know, sometimes I need a meadow report from Jay and sometimes he needs short, concise, direct answers from me. So let me explain to you what the meadow report is. When I refer to that, it’s an anecdote that illustrates the difference in communication styles. Okay. Let me explain with a story because I’m a storyteller, of course. So a tribe would follow where the food was throughout the seasons.
One person would scout ahead and find a place for camp near the wildlife. They were hunting, right? Because that’s food. And when asked where the animals were, they would point and give a very short, concise description. It’s easy to follow a herd and you don’t need much more than a direction. And our approximate distance, very concise. The women on the other hand would gather nuts, berries, herbs, and other necessities for the tribe. And these can be a little bit harder to find, which means that the instructions for how and where to find them are much more involved and complicated. So as the tribe moved women who remembered the area from previous seasons would pass along this valuable information, follow the river around that, bend through this meadow towards the large Willow over this, under that. And you’ll find whatever details were important. They were immensely important.
All these little details. Now, most relationships have both kinds of communicators. One is generally a storyteller while the other is more direct and concise. And this can flow depending on where you’re at in the relationship. There are times that Jay has a day and he really just wants to tell me all about something that happened. He wants to be a storyteller. And there are times when I’m like, can we just be concise and get to the point? I don’t understand all of that tech stuff. I really want to hear you and I can be here for you in this moment. And yet, uh, so you flip and you flop and you understand, and this knowledge of where you’re at and where the person that you’re speaking is at is hugely important because I can go and say, Hey, I want to share with you something that happened.
Do you have time? And Jay has the opportunity to say, not right now, I have time for a short thing, but I don’t have time for the metal report. And I can say, okay, well then I don’t really want to tell you because that’ll spoil the answer, solves talk to you later. And then I have to hold in my excitement or whatever until later or find someone else to chit chat with and he can do the same thing with me. I got to talk to you. I got to tell you something. Do you have time? And I can say, you know, not right now, but maybe later it gives this respect and understanding, Hey, I value your time. I know that you value your time. I value my own. So let’s make sure that I have the time to give you the attention that this conversation deserves because I think we’ve all had those conversations where you wanted to share something and you wanted to give this meadow report of everything that was happening.
And yet the other person is really mentally not in it. You can tell, they’re not paying attention. You can tell that they’re not there with you, that you can tell that you’re just kind of speaking to the void. And that’s really upsetting and frustrating. If you take this little tip, if you take this little thing and apply it to your communication across the board, I tell you things will improve dramatically. Just respecting your time, acknowledging where you’re at, and respecting the time of the person that you’re conversing with in that moment, I would love it. If you apply it and then share with us what happened, like how did it benefit? Did you experience something really great? And did it bring you a little bit more peace knowing that this was a wonderful tool to be able to apply? I’m telling you it can change your life. So go apply it, have some fun, and we’ll see you again next week here on Breath In, Breathe Out.
I hope this moment of self-care and healing brought you some hope and peace. I’m @krystaljakosky on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube and I hope you check us out and follow along for more content coming soon. I look forward to being with you again, here on Breathe In, Breathe Out. Until next time, take care.