Benjamin Franklin’s Virtues

Silence (in his own words)
“Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation”

A friend of mine has a great saying, “Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut”.

I often tell my clients and my kids “You can always say it tomorrow, but you can not UNsay it today”. So, sleep on it as something really important to say can usually wait 12 hours.

We often get ourselves in precarious situations due to our own words, where a little silence would have been the answer.

Do you listen more than you talk?
Have you ever been around someone who is on their phone when you are talking to them, waiting for their chance to talk or clearly uninterested the entire time you are speaking?
This is not communication nor is it beneficial.

Small talk can be exhausting to many people, especially the true introverts amongst us. Try and notice the signals people are sending you when you are speaking.

Do they really want to be having this conversation?
Is it really accomplishing anything?

Many of you guys know we got a dog about 18 months ago. It is astounding how much she can communicate to us without technically being able to speak. Through body language, a few barks, jumping up and down, tail wagging and the occasional, well accident, Koa (the dog) has made it very clear what she wants and when she wants it.

Some of us need more Silence than others. I need quiet in the mornings to recharge, I will usually get up when everyone else is sleeping just to have a few minutes to myself.

Silence can be very powerful and I intend to use it wisely today.

Tomorrow- Order

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