I observed someone change the conversation yesterday back to some positivity. It was a nice thing to watch. It took him some time but he persisted and redirected it. Everyone benefited from this one act. Which got me to thinking how do I get a balance in my conversation.
Lots of issues, serious ones need discussion. But they also are very difficult at times and not likely to leave anyone laughing. But there is a time a place for them. Some much of that is mixed into our normal course of getting together that it’s easy to let that become too much a part of important things like love and encouragement and laughter and joy.
Well, I’m going to try to be much more conscious of interjecting observations or my beliefs. In other words, know your audience. Then again there are times to be serious and let at least family members you hold dear your thoughts on safety, preparation, and emergencies. Remember, you just don’t flip a set of car keys to a 15-year-old and say have at it. So why would the rest of life be different?
Timing is another thing to pick carefully. Sometimes communication on difficult issues isn’t in our control and must be made even in awkward times.
But overall I’m going to try to keep more to myself. I’ve always tried to be a better listener than a talker anyway but I fear as I’ve aged my balance is out of whack. So in my effort to make what might be a stressful winter and holiday season, I’ll try to be a sign of optimism. That is till I have a bad caregiver or childcare day, Then all bets are off. Just kidding. Maybe
As I cut the yard yesterday I noticed we already have a pretty good supply of leaves on the ground. Enough where even though I have a mulching mower and cut into a circle center, there is enough that needed raking
Random Thoughts of the Day
- Good start for the Lakers the other night. Let’s keep it going this evening.
- Karma can be a bitch.
- Do you ever feel not like yourself?
- Got to get out and do some shooting today. The camera kind.
- It’s that in-between season again where a pair of gym shorts and flip flops ain’t cutting it.