Meditation for Perfectionists – Sunday August 25, 2019
Two Way Conversations
Ecclesiastes 3:7: “…a time to be silent and a time to speak.”
I have often felt responsible for the silence in conversations. Though I usually did not fill up the quiet spaces with excessive talk, my stomach churned when the other person did not respond. I believed I must say the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Maybe this is one reason why being with people has often worn me out.
Now I’m learning I am not responsible for both ends of a two-way conversation. Although I endeavor to create an atmosphere conducive to sharing, I am accountable only for my own input. I cannot coerce my partner into communicating.
Silences are becoming more comfortable for me; the anxiety is decreasing. When my fellow conversationalist is subdued, withdrawn, surly or agitated, it is not my responsibility to talk my way to fixing it. I am learning to let it be!
Lord, please give me wisdom and understanding
about the appropriate times to speak or be silent.
Copyright Joan C. Webb
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