February 2020

How Well Do We Communicate?

Communication is an essential skill in today’s world. It’s how we exchange information, ideas, and emotions with people. Yet, how well do we communicate? Every contact we make involves communication, whether it’s speaking, listening, messaging, body language, or even the tone of our voice, all play a role in how well we communicate. Whatever we’re thinking or feeling becomes a part of our message that is communicated with others. No matter what our background, experience, or culture, good communication skills express our ideas and feelings while helping us understand the thoughts and feelings of others.

Communicating well is a combination of nonverbal skills, active listening, and the ability to perceive the many ways people connect and communicate. And by having clarity with our own emotions and behavior, we can communicate much more clearly and effectively, even in challenging situations. The more authentic we are with our thoughts and feelings, the easier it is to have great conversations and interactions with others. When we have a positive attitude and keep an open acceptance of those around us, we build stronger relationships and feel a whole lot better about ourselves.

"That which we are capable of feeling,
we are capable of saying."

Miguel de Cervantes

Leap Year

When our calendar was first developed, it was based on the time it took the earth to revolve around the sun, which is approximately 365.25 days. Over time, that extra quarter began to add up where the months no longer matched the seasons. In 46 BC, the Romans corrected the calendar so it would match the seasons again. The year still consisted of 365 days, but to compensate for the odd quarter, a whole day was added to the calendar every 4 years. That particular year was called a "leap year" (366 days) and the extra day was placed at the end of February. This calendar system was called the “Julian” calendar after Julius Caesar.

The Julian calendar worked well, except it was slightly longer than the solar year. By the year 1582, this slight drift over time had accumulated to 10 days, making the year noticeably too long. Pope Gregory XIII corrected the calendar by removing the 10 days and adjusted the calendar all the way to the year 4000 to avoid similar drifts in the future. This system is known as the "Gregorian" calendar which is what we still use today.


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