It’s often said that it’s not what you say that matters, but what you leave unsaid.
Many years ago I was taking a test to see what I would be best suited to do vocationally. “What do like to do more than anything else in the world?” Don, the tester, asked me. “Oh, that’s easy,” I replied. “I love to talk one-on-one and speak to groups of any size, although I do like to choose my audience.” “This is quite unusual,” responded Don. “Did you know that most people would rather die than do public speaking?” “Not me,” I said chuckling.
Sharing ideas, information, and encouragement is “My Thing,” my heart’s expression, my life’s work. My enthusiasm often comes out in words, sometimes too many. There are moments when I wish I could rewind my mouth and take back what I have said. While I never found a “human mouth rewinder,” I did find a solution. It’s listening with rapt attention.
So now, I am spending more time listening to what others are saying and less time thinking of the next clever thing that I will share. I’m learning a lot too – which comes in quite handy when I’m preparing to give a speech.
So what do you want to say today and what can be left unsaid without a loss?
Enjoy your weekend,