This morning in a coffee shop I saw a quote taped to the back of someone’s computer: “It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
Finding our own truth in a few words is a process that takes patience but is an important prelude to decision making and communicating. Writing out our random thoughts first and sleeping on them can be helpful in finding out what we really think and how to communicate this to others. It doesn’t take many words, just the right ones.
Some say that in an argument, the one who talks the most is often the one at fault. Why would that be? What does brevity have in common with expressing truth? Maybe it is because it takes more thought and less talking to arrive at fewer words.When we are busy venting, we are not able to listen and process before we have the correct words to express our thoughts and feelings. We are talking to think instead of thinking to talk. The chaff of our talking to think may contain injurious and unhelpful statements that we later regret having said.
Talking over others may be an unconscious habit of trying to control the truth in a conversation. In the long run, it doesn’t work. After some time to reflect, we are able to formulate our own opinions, and our thoughts take only a few words to consolidate what we believe to be the truth.