Today I am going to talk just a little bit about the importance of communication within our everyday relationships:
This morning, Blake and I drove to work together. He needed gas, I needed coffee, so he dropped me off for some Dunkin’ while he gassed his car up. B isn’t really one for coffee, but after hearing from someone that Dunkin’ has the BEST sweet tea, I decided to surprise him and get him some.
Here’s the thing about surprises: they either are a real hit, or they are a real miss.
So I get to the car, super excited to give him this simple surprise, just to see that he has a McDonald’s bag in the car. And you guessed it: a cup of McDonald’s sweet iced tea sitting in the cup holder.
Here’s the thing with surprises: in order to have one, there must be a lack of communication. In order for the sweet tea to have been a surprise, Blake couldn’t know I was getting him some! How many times are our well-intentioned actions made *irrelevant* or actually made to seem like they hindered a situation more than helped it due to a lack of communication? It is the simple, silly little coincidences in life that sometimes teach you the real meaningful things in life.
Had I just told him that I was going to get him the tea? He wouldn’t have went to McDonalds! Or had he told me that he was going to grab food? I wouldn’t have grabbed him a drink!
Communication breakdowns can be problematic in both romantic and platonic relationships alike. I think that it is important to be mindful of this: that our significant others, that our friends, and that our families CANNOT READ OUR MINDS. So take some advice from me: let him know you’re grabbing him a drink before you get it for him 😆.
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