“Don’t be so afraid of silence. People like you and they are going to listen to you. At the end of a joke if you keep speaking, though, they will do just that — listen, not laugh — which is the object of the game.”
A moment of silence can speak as loudly as any words, and without being silent, you won’t be able to listen. Listen to
your children, listen to your spouse, listen to your parents, listen to your neighbour, listen to the lonely stranger on the bus bench, listen to your employees and, yes, once in awhile, occasionally, sometimes, every other Thursday, even listen to your boss. Don’t be in a rush to fi ll the moments of silence in a conversation, because that moment may be all the other person needs to finally take a deep breath and say what they really want you to hear.
Ciao for now,
Words and images copyright Tim Reynolds, except as credit to comedian Dennis Ross.