If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams - the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
-- Robert Southey
This quote reminded me of a lot of things this morning. I went through a several year period refusing to talk - unless I was with someone I knew, loved and trusted. This was a very good time in my life. (Too bad for me we were raised near a nuclear test site and all my chums of origin have gone ahead of me.)
I came to believe - as a teen that "grown-ups" weren't listening. So, I would look at them, and smile, but never speak to them - especially if they were asking questions. (They weren't asking to KNOW - they were asking to manipulate.)
When i was taught to be mindful of my words - that they have power - I was SOOOOO ready for that - it came easy - to only say what I mean.
Then I ran across people who ignore what you say . . . . interesting, isn't it??? I learned to develop a "three time rule." You know, only try three times - then - well, they're gonna do what they're gonna do - the tricky part is finding your own way through the maze. Recently I tried to help some friends - (yep, they are my friends . . yikers) - they decided they would do - what they chose to do with the work i started - and, in the process, I got to answer for the legalities of misusing licensed product that i pay for . . . . fortunately telling the truth worked, this time - and, I'll have to be cautious in the future . . Now, that's beyond words - into the material realm . . . I guess I could have not offered, or said "NO." (hm??? that one is still a sticky issue.)
I've met people in circumstances where "Communication" seems to be needful. I suppose i don't know what "communication" means to most folk. (I must be dense, I still haven't found any good answer to people who will still do whatever they have decided to do - regardless of the outcome - or impact on others . . very interesting.)
All That Said. I STILL prefer to either remain silent - or, only say what I mean - no more than three times.
I hope to hear from you. What are your thoughts on this?
(The quote, my additions, your choice of word usage - or anything else you'd like to share.)
Happy Beautiful Day to You!