Welcome to Day 16 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
Have you ever had someone tell you, “You talk too much!”
I don’t know that I have ever been told that or have even said that. But…I have thought it.
Don’t Talk So Much!
Why is it that we think we need to give someone who needs encouragement a mouthful of words?
I should ask myself that question. Regularly.
I know I am guilty of saying too much. Ugh.
One way to find out if you’re a wordy person is to check your word count.
Okay…that only works if you’re writing a document.
On the other hand…maybe there’s an app for that. Let me know.
“For the rest of his life, Oliver Twist remembers a single word of blessing
spoken to him by another child because this word stood out
so strikingly from the consistent discouragement around him.”
― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
Seriously, I need to think about this ‘running at the mouth.’
I doubt that my friends will say I’m a talker. That’s because I do listen and usually talkers don’t listen.
But, the more important question is, “Do I speak at the right time and do I give just a small offering of words?”
Better yet…do I offer a word of blessing?
What would that one word be?
Day 16 Challenge: Think back over a recent conversation with a friend or co-worker or neighbor. Who did the most talking? When you had an opportunity to give advice, etc., did you make a few words count? Or did you tell the same thing from three angles, or maybe try to convince your hearer of your point of view? Or worse, were you the expert? (ouch)
*** The Dickens quote from Oliver Twist is available as a FREE 8×10 printable. Download here and save to your desktop for printing at home or take to your favorite photo printer.
Last week I asked for help in coming up with 52 Ways to Be Encouraging. A few of you left some thoughts. I’m thinking that many more of you were just too bashful to tap in your ideas, or second-guessed yourself before you hit “post comment.” So….I’m giving you a second chance. We all need do-overs. [wink] You can leave your thoughts below, or here (last week’s post), or on Facebook. Thanks…wonderful extraordinary friends!!!!
Let’s be encouraging!
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