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  • Writer's pictureGil Aranowitz

Reflecting on connecting: My New Year's insights for you

I hope you had a joyous Christmas and an excellent start to the New Year. As we step into 2024, I wanted to share some personal reflections that I’ve been pondering over the holiday season.

It might seem ironic that a child who once hid in the shadows of shyness now addresses you as a messaging strategist and copywriter. Growing up as a child of immigrants in America, I often found comfort in the quiet, observing from the sidelines, feeling like an outsider. It felt more natural to be silent and watchful, rather than be the one speaking up. Yet, this very silence, which once felt like an obstacle, laid the foundation for what I’ve come to realize is one of my greatest gifts.

You see, my family is a tapestry of diverse languages and cultures – from Hebrew to Lithuanian, from Spanish to Japanese. In my childhood home, communication was a puzzle, with each family member contributing a different piece in their own native tongue. No one shared the same first language among my parents and most of my aunts and uncles. This was not just a Babel of voices; it was my first and most enduring lesson in the power of communication.

Through these experiences, I learned that connecting with others requires more than just finding the right words – it involves understanding the unsaid and feeling the unspoken. It’s about transforming the loneliness of not belonging into a deep sense of empathy and an ability to truly understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.

Reflecting on these lessons, I am inspired to make 2024 a year dedicated to fostering genuine connections through better communication. In our fast-paced, often impersonal world, meaningful communication is more critical than ever. Whether in our personal lives, our communities, or our workplaces, the ability to connect sincerely and empathetically can make a world of difference.

So, as we embark on this new year, I encourage each of us to embrace the diverse voices around us, to listen with intent, and to speak with understanding. Let’s make 2024 a year where we not only share messages but also forge lasting connections.

I look forward to exploring this journey with you and am excited to see the connections we can build together.

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