The Art of Conversation

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What I enjoy more than anything else these days, is conversation.

“I know you don’t like when people tell you you are quiet, but when you talk, everyone listens…”

I have just had a wonderful weekend, full of conversations. Sometimes I did most of the talking, others I listened and yet others were more well balanced.

I conversed with friends, sons and all the time with my beautiful wife.

I am still working on the listening side of conversation, on being ‘present’ in a conversation to hear what others are saying and trying to understand their perspective without always having to relate it to myself.

(Be patient, this may take a while, but I am working on it).

I haven’t come this far to only come this far

I also have to know when the right time is for me to dominate a conversation and accept that responsibility without fear. I have to understand that in those times people will listen to what I have to say.

Learning to be present in a conversation (not just listening) is a beautiful, extremely power gift that we all owe ourselves.

Listen with your eyes
Speak with your heart
(Love with your time)

You don’t always need to have an answer. In fact you should respond only if you need to. None of that frivolous nonsense that makes it look as if you are the most caring person in the world.

I will always have my voice. I will take pride in commanding a room and having everyone listen to me. I have words, thoughts, and opinions that I can share with people. This is my power. This is everyone’s power, and it can never be taken away from us. Use it.

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