Some insensitive friend suggested the title “Mouth of the South” for my first book which will be out by fall if I can talk my good friend, Lucille, into editing it for me.
I was extremely offended. I knew I talked too much, but “Mouth if the South”? I’ve told many of you that my only serious new year’s resolution is too talk less and listen more. I’m trying, really I am. But if everyone listened, there would be no more communication.
I subscribe to a wonderful daily feed called “Seven Sentences for Creative People.” The author must have had me in mind when he wrote his seven sentences today
“In the realm of all knowledge and in the ever increasing multitude of 7.2 billion people on planet earth, even the most knowledgeable and the most connected person actually knows very little.
Yet some mouths just keep on talking, ranting, raving, lucidly sharing all that they know…
Unfortunately they won’t change the world with what they know and they certainly won’t change the world with who they know.
What actually changes the world?
The humble acceptance of our limited knowledge and the open desire to really know a stranger is probably a very good place to begin.
But the mouth must first stop talking and the ears must begin to listen for any global healing to occur at all.”
I tried my resolution on for size during my monthly chemo treatment and my oncology nurse asked me if I was feeling Ill or upset about something. I cant win! I’m danged if I do and danged if I don’t. But I’m still trying to listen more, and babble less. I think it’s just a nervous habit.
Someone once said its “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”