Saying A Thing

“When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair.” E. B. White
This is true in speech, writing or visual arts. Best to ask the receiver what he understands. And, don’t over-speak. Be precise, choose the right words and carefully proceed. Good luck.

Trust The Gap

A young friend of mine years ago told me to, “Just tell them. They may not like it at the moment, but they’ll hear you.”
One perspective that I hold is that people do hear others even though it may take time for the comment to sink in. One telling is usually enough, too. It certainly goes both ways – if it’s a rich relationship.
Sometimes people need years to “hear it”, but it will happen. That’s the art of good communication.

Yelling - It's Not What It's Cracked Up To Be

Yelling is for the uninformed young – who don’t know any better. You usually hear it when people are frustrated and at a loss for words. It wears you out, shakes you up and ruins the atmosphere for days. Communication zooms right out the window.
As a high school teacher, I never yelled. I wanted to, but knew that quiet, solid, composure would work better.
At this age, I need to save my energy for smiling.

Pitfalls of Conversation

Konrad Lorenz on the hazards of conversation:

“Said is not heard, heard is not understood, understood is not agreed to, agreed to is not carried out.” That comment is so true, day in, day out.Image

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