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Say something beautiful


It seems I still haven’t been able to shake my love/hate relationship with speaking and preaching. I’m definitely my worst critic, but I feel bad when it leaks into the critique of others sometimes.

Some people speak just to say something (the blabbers),

And as the saying goes, some people speak because they have something to say (which is nice)

Some people have something to say, but it’s irrelevant to who they’re speaking to (the guy with the megaphone on the street)

Some people speak just to be heard (folks with passion and great stuff to say, but rush through it thinking that getting it off their chest will make a difference)

And then there’s people who speak to transform (and they leave a mark on your soul you can’t seem to get rid of)

I try to be the last. It doesn’t always work out, but I’m committed to the art.

How do you go about speaking to change?

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  • @quist August 6, 2009, 7:37 am

    Encouraging one another with genuine comments is very effective and helpful from a local and global perspective. Observation to identify gifts or abilities in others is the first step. This means that listening comes first. Always.

  • lon August 6, 2009, 10:21 pm

    Listening – totally – thanks quist – how can we ever truly speak without listening. it's crazy, but i think we do it all the time!

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