The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. –Lady Dorothy Nevill (1826-1913)
If more people, particularly people in positions of authority and power, practiced this, wouldn’t we have a better world?
Going into silence and listening are two things I’m hearing a lot about. Not much is accomplished through fighting. In fact, the opposite is usually true, that everyone just gets more polarized, divided, and contentious.
I’m trying to cultivate this elusive ability to be silent through practicing meditation. I talk more about that on a post I wrote, “Meditation, My Refuge,” on another blog I write for.
Additionally, if those with louder voices practiced silence, then the people who have been silenced will be heard. For today, try to practice listening to those around you, whether you agree with them or not.