Courageous Conversations: Kick off

Hello! I am excited to kick off Courageous Conversations as promised. Grateful to have found an amazing writing tribe who gave their time and skills to the cause. Here is a guide to what we will be experiencing in the following weeks. Major shout out to Tanaka for serving us this:

Then Moses said to the LORD, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.

Exodus‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He was human and yes, he was hesitant. Feeling unsafe and doubting himself. For the reason that he had committed a capital crime at the very same place he was being instructed to visit. he saw it as a nightmare. Moses was being ordered to go and have two courageous conversations that were supposed to change the lives of people.

Firstly, he had to deliver The Lord’s message to the Israelites and their leaders, then negotiate the freedom of the Israelites with their Pharaoh. He had to be stronger than he thought he was.

We all know and should appreciate that the truth is one piece of reality that is shunned and resented in this world of ours. The truth is difficult to work with in this world that has become a hub of lies and deception.

Like every other human being Moses knew the above mentioned fact and immediately went into defensive mode. He wanted the Lord to spare him and send someone else on this courageous mission. Moses doubted if he was going to be able to have fully in engage conversations with these people. He stammered each time he tried to utter words out of his mouth. The truth he was going to carry was hard to prove and too heavy for him to inform the oppressors of God’s people.

Moses knew very well that he was going to feel intense discomfort in performing the task that had been laid in front of him by the Creator. He did not feel safe. On another note, he did not have a guarantee of any closure. Success or trouble? Peace or more turmoil? Nothing really was guaranteed, only comforted by the fact that he was working with the Lord God, the Creator. If goodness was coming, how fast was it going to be? He had to expect and accept non-closure.

Our modern day lives are not by any chance different to the one Moses had as far as having courageous conversations are concerned. We encounter them, we have to go through them and we have to win through them. By definition, courage is a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear. A conversation is basically the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information.

We encounter cases where we need to have courageous conversations when we talk about sensitive issues in society. The sensitive issues vary and cut across issues like race, sexuality, religion and beliefs. It takes courage to have discussions and conversations on these issues with people who have different opinions, views and arguments. We will be prone to feeling like Moses.

Courageous conversations are not easy, but in time of need they’re inevitable. There are four fundamentals that we have to take heed of and embrace so as to improve one’s performance — and gain when undergoing a courageous conversations.

1. Engagement

Engagement is a pillar of every courageous conversation. It cannot be measured and neither can it be monitored by parties other than the individual. but it is important to make sure that you are fully engaged in the conversation so as to benefit and also give effective contributions which will help in bringing about a successful conversation.

2. Truth

When having a courageous conversation and desiring to have a fruitful one all the involved parties should be ready and prepared to speak the truth and always stick to it no matter how bitter it might be.

3. Discomfort

Where raw facts and figures are used thus constituting the truth, there is a tendency of invoking discomfort. Involved parties of the conversation usually feel unsafe and exposed from their comfort and safe zones. This is normal and should be expected whenever a sensitive issue is discussed.

4. Non-Closure

Non-closure as described earlier on should be expected and accepted whenever a courageous conversation is held because people react differently to the truth. When discomfort shows up it manifests differently in people and this might hinder the progress, quality and productivity of the conversation there by living out many unattended concerns and unanswered questions.

Courageous conversations are indeed the conversations that hold this world together in the shape that it has today (which should be somewhat good). They are vital across all spheres of life, be it on social grounds and even in political spheres. They should be held in a way that preserves people’s dignity and safety.

We can keep our families together. We can uphold our friendships. We can stop all the wars between rival nations. We can bring smiles to those shunned and misunderstood by our societies. All this through fruitful courageous conversations.

This article is brought to you by Anomaly, written by Tanaka I hope that you got it right!

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Great points, Tanaka! I love the premise of this post (and the future ones). It is hard to carry on deep, meaningful, and relative conversations these days without bringing up sensitive subjects. We must not be afraid to speak to truth! Thank you, Anomaly, for sharing this post with us your readers!

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Millay 😄 I am looking forward to sharing the rest the series with you

      Indeed we need to create a space where such conversations can be held

      Liked by 1 person

  2. “We bring equality to the world by treating all human beings equal
    as equality make familes happy *&* bring prosperity to all.”

    _-Van Prince

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Moreblessing says:

      Thank you Van Prince 😃


      1. “Your spiritual writings hightlights Faith, spotlight prayer
        demonstrating that the Father, Son, *&* Holy Ghosts are 1.”

        _-Van Prince

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Perth Girl says:

    Loved the points you mentioned and the need for courageous conversations. We tend to want someone else to always deal with the much needed courageous conversation just like Moses. The point that struck me a lot was the non- closure, it is so true that it can happen depending on the reaction of the person but it should not dissuade us from sparking a start on such conversations.
    Thank you and Blessings 💙

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Hey fam!
      We have nothing to lose by intentionally having the courage to talk about certain things.. it enhances the quality of life we live


  4. The Seb says:

    Very true. This message is encouraging because it is hard to live up to the truth in our society. They say “Stand for the truth, and you stand alone.” And very few people want to be alone.
    Thank you once again.

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    1. Moreblessing says:

      Indeed Seb! When you stand for truth, you usually stand alone
      I am glad that there’s a community of willing to stand with me on this one! Thank you

      Liked by 1 person

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