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~ By Fran Briggs
Can you recall a time where you utilized silence to make a point? If
you can consciously recall, you probably know your silence made more
than just a point; it made an exclamation point ... and without a
single word preceding it. Now that's powerful.
Silence is a widely-known, but rarely used, powerful communication
tool. Why is that? Because it can be used to shed light or convey
darkness. Utilizing the sound of silence is truly the "master's" art
of communication. It quaintly epitomizes a Spiritually and socially
acceptable passive assertiveness. The ability to remain quiet confirms
that one is in total control. It also confirms that the individual is
disciplined and will not be lead into conversations that are
counterproductive and energy-draining.
Silence can help us listen, keep a secret, serve in love and receive
the very core of what is being said. Silence can say "I really do
Have you ever had a conversation where all you were waiting for was
for the speaker to pause, just so you could say, what you "needed to
say?" You know, where you start planning to respond to that which
hadn't even been said yet? We all have. When this happens, we don't
absorb the full content of the conversation. Many variables influence
our desire to lose focus on what our speaker is saying. For example:
your schedule, what you may be watching on TV, your mental, emotional,
and physical states and of the like. Listen so that both your brain
and heart are passionately aligned to receive the speaker's words.
Strive to increase your understanding and place it before your desire
to be understood.
Learn to be comfortable with silence and master the self-control it
requires. Only then will you be able to experience the "golden"
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