Each of us have someone in our lives with whom we’d like to play the “shut up” game. Folks who drive us crazy with their incessant talking, advice giving, complaining or a combination of all the above. People like this can wear us out. We wonder how they stay conscious without pausing to take a breath or if there will be enough oxygen for the other occupants standing nearby. Perhaps we’ve been that person.
I was listening to a man yesterday who told me; “It’s taken most of my life but I finally learned to start thinking before I started talking.” It wasn’t a quip or an off handed remark. He knew firsthand the pain caused by not having a filter for his lips, a guard for his tongue. He bore the scars of ruined relationships and opportunities lost because he didn’t know how to be quiet or how to listen.
Seek first to understand then be understood. #StephenCovey