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Can’t We Just Stop and Talk a While

Every day, we talk. In the home, in the office, the school or wherever we are. Talking is a daily human activity. Our God-given gift of the capability to reason, urges us to talk. To express what we think - be it a majority opinion or a dissenting one. In our day-to-day dealings with people, talking becomes a handy tool. It is through talking that we share experiences with friends, discuss progress of work assignments with officemates and with our bosses or articulate plans with our spouse and children. In the very complex society we are in today, talking with each other would often simplify things we ought to do.

The Importance of Talking

Talking is more than opening our mouth and letting words come out of it. It plays an important role in our everyday living. Can you imagine yourself not talking to anybody for a day? You would surely encounter a lot of problems. If you were feeling ill, and told nobody, your condition would definitely get worse. If you want help from somebody yet he doesn't know about it, you can surely expect not to get any. Of course, there are other ways of “talking,” like resorting to sign language, yet attention to what you need may come much later, in fact, at a time when you don't need it anymore. The point is, there is no better substitute to verbal communication than expressing it in words. This is best illustrated when a little child wants something. In such situations, we prod a little child to speak, even with his very limited vocabulary, to specifically say what he wants. In most cases, we usually feel relieved when we finally get to know what the child needs.

Talking Productively

It is quite ironic that with most of our waking hours - on the average, 16 hours - we talk with each other, misunderstanding still exists among us. As stressed earlier, talking is not just opening our mouth, or a mere exercise of our muscles in the jaw. In fact, excessive talking has caused much damage in many situations.

Our talking must have a purpose. It must be productive. To achieve this, talking must be an opportunity of sharing positive experiences, or discoursing on situations and issues on a positive point of view. In the home, rather than nag our spouse, it would be more productive if we discussed ways which could help strengthen the trust we have for each other. Rather than shout at our children who misbehaved, it would do more good if we talked to them more as a parent rather than a disciplinarian.

In the office, we can help build the blocks of an enhanced relationship by talking on how to create a better working environment rather than engaging in conversations that center on the private lives of co-workers. Rather than scrutinizing and discrediting the religious beliefs of others, we better find time for personal contemplation and sharing our faith with the rest of the family members.

And rather than talking against a classmate, it would yield better results if we instead got our books and studied our lessons. That could mean better grades for us!

An Important Question

A significant question can be asked. Are we not supposed to talk about problems? On the contrary, talking about them should be an integral part of our day-to-day discussions. Talking about problems could lead to their solution. But our approach in tackling the issue must be well thought of. Experts suggest that problem solvers be rational and open-minded.

The Bible even talks about resolving conflicts and misunderstanding before the sun sets. The message is clear that we must talk and resolve conflicts, quick!

By all indications, talking is very important. An everyday tool; we must utilize it for productive purposes - in the home, in the office, in other places where we interact with people.lt is a tool in expressing our ideas, finding solutions to problems. Above all, talking productively and purposively would result in happier homes, healthier relationships and a better community to live in.

Why don't we just stop and talk a while?

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