#238 / Stop talking

Saturday Edition

“You aren’t a good person by default. You’re a good person if you make good choices. Don’t lean on your perception of yourself as a crutch. Do the hard things that you know are right.”


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In a world of noise, I think we’re encouraged to contribute to the volume and the cacophony by talking, endlessly, ourselves. We’ve been taught by social media and by the 15 minutes of fame TV shows that our opinions are eternally important, and that we should always be trying to have our say.

I wonder if I have anything at all worth saying that would give me more pleasure, more insight or more value than just listening. Listening to the conversations around me. Listening to the world outside my window. Listening to my own body, heart and soul and hearing what they have to tell me.

I think there’s something to that. To giving into our own personal silence and mindfully trying to find direction in what we can hear. Listening is a skill, and it’s one that doesn’t develop on its own.

All my love,

Joan

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