Roz TownsendHello and welcome book club members to my little corner of the world.

I will be writing to you regularly and my goal is to give you food for thought.

My writing style is deliberately non-academic. You might even find it a little casual. But my goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible and demystify the written word.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am a published author of several books in India. I have visited India and in particular Chennai. I’ve spoken about communication skills in schools, universities and in the corporate world.

I am committed to communication on the planet. I believe that communication is THE path to solving problems and having a world that works with everyone included. You will find that my musings cover a wide range of topics from science to spirituality.

I would like to share with you a recent experience I had and the power of the written and spoken word.

I attended a Landmark Education course in Sydney recently and it really confronted me. My husband and I have been married for 36 years. Sometimes I heard myself nagging him and blaming him for different things. The trainer on the course reminded all of those who were married that we had spoken several vows at the time of our wedding. In Australia it is common to make a vow of loving, honouring and cherishing the other person in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer till death we do part. The trainer then pointed out that many of us did not honour our word and that our integrity was lacking in this promise. That was quite a shock to me because I thought we had a great marriage and had been faithful and honest with each other for the entire time. However, I noticed that when I was nagging or blaming my husband I had in fact broken my word to honour and cherish him. When I saw this, I decided to be responsible and look at who I was being and how I was honouring my word in my marriage. It was at that point that I recommitted to being my word and created love and connectedness between us again.

The food for thought I have for you today is to consider how important your words are and the impact they have when you keep them or break them. Consider: the words we speak and the relationships we nurture are really the most important things we possess.

Roz Townsend

For your comments write to roz@roztownsend.com

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