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Sometimes we go about life feeling miserable because someone didn’t do or say something we wanted or needed. But sometimes that’s because they didn’t know we wanted or needed it. Sometimes a lot of complications in life can be cleared up by simply telling someone how you feel or listening to someone else tell you how they feel.

I’ve heard it said that many of life’s greatest sorrows and resentments are built upon all that is left unsaid. Sometimes you just have to say something. Communication is very, very important. Humans don’t read minds, we have to talk to each other. We can make inferences based on observation, but clear and honest communication will make sense of so much, and will even correct some wrong assumptions we’ve made with our inferences.

If you need or want something, just say so. But also remember that other people need to just say so, too, so let them.

More on the topic:
Communication Is Key
Listen to People
“Listen to Me!”
Listening Ears