Do you feel like there is a part of your personality that’s become a bit of an old biddy? You don’t get young people today and you don’t understand a word they say?
Maybe it’s the slang words that you don’t quite understand or maybe its words pronounced in an odd way (its not aks – its ask!). Maybe it’s bad grammar or maybe its “text-style” writing.
Have you found yourself labelling them as uneducated, have you decided that your language is better than theirs? Have you written them off as someone you can’t or wouldn’t want to talk to?
Greg Burson, says that “engaging in conversation is a form of hospitality“. I love that.
The language we use is influenced by our culture and by our generation. The way we communicate feels right to us. If we judge a person based solely on the way they communicate, then we reject their attempt to invite us into conversation, we reject their hospitality. We miss the opportunity to connect and to hear their story.
I believe we need to be really mindful of our language prejudices. It is so easy to write someone off. Instead of filtering people out, we need to be inviting them in(to conversation).