“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Winston Churchill
I love this quote. In a world where people constantly want to fight for their opinion to be heard, we forget that our words are more affective inwardly than outwardly. Or in the words of Gandhi, we must be the change we wish to see. In my experience, the talking part doesn’t actually do much.
Unfortunately this doesn’t help a slight problem of mine. Where I have every piece of courage to sit down and listen, I have no courage to stand up and speak. It’s kind of been on my mind this week because I’ve been trying to film a nice video for you guys – if you’re familiar with my little space on YouTube, it will be the first one where I speak.
I tried looking up tips on how to converse a few weeks ago but all the advice was aimed at people who lack the skills to sit down and listen, rather than get talking in the first place!
Don’t you think that’s a bit funny though? How they assume the issue is talking too much without asking. With the recent changes – Brexit, the presidential elections etc. – we have been perfectly exposed to a mass of debate and opinion sharing. And I have to say, especially on social media.
What I view as another downfall of mine, I am also not a very opinionated person, so I can’t really tell you what I think. Like I mentioned, I’ve been more focused on analysing the amount of chat there has been about it.
Despite having many disastrous social situations in my repertoire, I can’t give you any advice on improving your ability to talk. I haven’t managed to figure it out myself yet! So I’m sorry if that’s what you were hoping to gain from this article. Perhaps it’s just something that either comes naturally, with age or never for some people.
Although I will leave you with another favourite quote of mine, to make my lack of socialising a little more forgiving:
“Most people commit the same mistake with God, as they make with their friends – they do all the talking.” – Fulton J Sheen