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    Talking

    Having the nickname, “Gabby” is not a complimentary moniker. That is a backhanded way of saying that most of the time we are filling the air with words when others want to speak.

    As a person of many words, how many times have harsh, off-handed, or emotional words gushed from our mouth? We find it very difficult to eat our words after they are out.

    In marriage or a close relationship, we have a choice. We can heap up a pile of words and prove we are right. We can force our friend or spouse to swallow their opinion. The reverse, letting others express their opinion lets them know we respect them and are courteous. Another way is to compromise or occasionally yield to their view so we and our friend can both be happy.

    There is an example from nature that will help us have more friends. How many ears do we have? How many mouths do we have? We are created to listen twice as much as we talk. It may take several months of real effort to get there. It can be done even if we love to hear ourselves talk.

    In grade school we learned this poem quoted by John D. Rockefeller.

    A wise old owl lived in an oak,
    The more he saw the less he spoke.
    The less he spoke the more he heard.
    Why can’t we all be more like that wise old bird?

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