Have you ever made your point, and thought you’ve made it well?
And then kept talking, and the more you talked, the less powerful your words were/
I do this all the time.
I’m very articulate, I’m very sensitive and how I participate in conversation provides a great deal of thought or humour or insight depending on the situation.
I know this without being big-headed about it.
But, always, ALWAYS, so taken by the effect I initially have, and mesmerised by the power I feel, I go further.
Every word beyond that is designed to elevate me.
The result is wasted space and an experience of not being listened to.
Anger fuels itself.
I’m angry, and I convince myself that I am angry for good reason, and I direct that anger at someone else, and they get defensive, and I get more angry because they can’t see that I’m right to be angry, and then we’re both angry and nothing has changed except that we’re angry.
I am going to begin to speak less.
I am going to be quiet and allow myself only to speak when I have something to say.
I am going to try and listen to others and to God more.
I just may not succeed.