Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Words, and more than just words

In love with words as we all are, we presume that it is words that are at the heart of effective communication. Thoughts articulated with words. Images painted with word-strokes. Words breathing life into characters and situations. Words that take your hand and gently guide you through the plot. Words that convey what it is that the wordsmith wanted to convey. Even words that mislead.

But important though words are, they are at best the bricks that make up the edifice. At the heart of communication is something else- the ability to listen. Why do we choose to forget that?

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drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

For more of the same, do visit my post on Burrowers, Books and Balderdash.

4 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Which is why we have two ears but only one mouth!

Chuck said...

Unfortunately today was a lesson in how our education system is failing to teach people how to put words together to make sense. It required the patience of job to deal with it. Love the post as it inspires hope.

dipali said...

So very true- listening seems to be a dying art:(

Margot Kinberg said...

Natasha - In many cultures, silence is used as a linguistic tool, and it's at least as important as any words people use. We could learn from that.

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