We have all been on that run where a language barrier hampered our efforts. Sometimes it inspired us to buy a dictionary, download an app, or even learn another language in case we encountered it again. Ironically, we seem unwilling to learn how to speak the language of those who do not share our views on how the job should be done.
One of the most difficult aspects of sharing our passion is learning how to communicate with those who do not support our views. As the fire service continues to divide itself around strategies, tactics, and equipment, our dialogue has regressed into an unproductive shouting match rather than an actual conversation. And although we are all equally responsible for finding the middle ground, we must learn to take the high ground and find ways to converse that put the mission above our mentalities.
The first step to bridging the gap is accepting that we don’t have to agree with the opinions of those who refute our views in order to have productive, civil interactions. In fact, we are more likely to be heard when we make the effort to use vocabulary both parties can understand. Although our passion tends to be raw, emotional, and coarse, we have to acknowledge that there is a time and place where toning it down in favor of exchanging information is appropriate.
Like many of you, it is extremely difficult for me to bite my tongue, swallow my pride, and concede for the bigger picture. Remember, being so over the top and high paced that we turn others off can be just as toxic as those who aim to fight our influence from the couch. At some point we all need to meet in the middle. Leading without followers is just walking around talking to yourself. Never compromise your values, but learn how to translate them into words that are received rather than automatically rejected… (Photo: Chasing the News)
This was the view yesterday from our Marketing Manager, Richard's, room in #SanFrancisco. Even though the #wildfires 🔥are miles away, they are clearly having an affect on the area's #airquality. If you're in #California, please pay attention to air quality alerts ⚠️ as air qualities in San Francisco are five times as bad as they are in #Beijing. We hope the #fires get under control soon. We are sending our thoughts and prayer to the #firefighters and all those affected 👩🚒