Maggie’s Thought for the Month: Sometimes It’s Best To Not Say Anything

Baby Maggie

People love to talk. Sometimes words are used to be helpful. Sometimes words are used to be mean. How do you know when it’s okay to talk?

Maggie never spoke a word. Looking back on her life, I sometimes forget the fact that she could not talk. How could this be?   I knew when she wanted to be alone, and I knew when she wanted to visit her dog friends in the neighborhood. She communicated very clearly about wanting to eat the lamb chops cooking on the stove, or her dislike when company stayed past nine o’clock in the evening.

People with highly effective communication skills usually are very successful in life. They are able to articulate their thoughts and purpose clearly, while portraying a sense of intellect and confidence. However, what about when words are hurtful or attempt to destroy others? Do we match these words with words? In the story ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the fox receives this advice-‘Don’t say anything. Words are the source of misunderstandings.’

 Can you say more, without saying anything at all?

Maggie did.

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