“Hold your tongue and silence will speak for you.”
Not sure who originally said this, but I do know a lot of people who talk too much. Here’s another one: “Silence is Golden.” I don’t who wrote this one, but I do know a lot of people who can’t stand silence. But why and is there a negative consequence for not knowing or practicing silence?
Of course we know its pretty damn hard to sleep without silence and we get a lot of benefits from sleeping, so there’s that, but what about in conversation? When someone accuses you of something clearly out of the realm of reality do you overreact?
I like the story I wrote about in another blog regarding the monk who was falsely accused of knocking up the butchers daughter. When confronted by the parents of the pregnant girl he was for the most part silent and simply said: “Is that so.” And when they delivered the baby for him to take care of again he was non reactive and mostly silent. And later on when the daughter confessed it wasn’t the monk and they went to pick up the baby he again simply said: “Is that so.”
Silence is a powerful way to communicate, it says: “I’m calm, I”m confident and I know the justice will be served”. Try it next time you are pushed into a corner. If anything just pause and step back to reflect for a few seconds or even minutes.
Wednesday Wisdom #37
Every Wednesday I post a killer quote to keep you at the top of your game!