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Additional Comment -- From Sunny :)

September 05, 2008

Breathe Before You Speak

It's been a long time since I've written here.
THANK YOU for checking this out!

Have You ever watched one of those news programs,
where the interviewer interupts
and in fact talks over the top of
his/her guest?

Why even have the person on the show?

It's even worse when the guest catches the bug
and does the same thing to the interviewer.

Early in life, I read The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
and read about his virtue of SILENCE:
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself;
avoid trifling conversation.

Later in life, at age 19, I began the study of Yoga.
Yogic Breathing in particular.

I'm not sure how it happened -
or from whom I borrowed the idea ...

But somehow I started practicing being SILENT,
breathing quietly and counting
"one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two,
one-thousand-three" after anyone spoke to me.

The benefit was that I was certain the other person
(whether my friend or foe)... had finished speaking.

Part Two of this practice is to immediately stop speaking,
When or IF You're interrupted.

What did I experience?
Well, it made me a better listener.
It saved me from making a fool of myself.
It was quite a bit of FUN to do!

Over the years I've abandoned this practice.
I don't know why.
Probably because I NEVER really mastered it.

I miss it now.

Would You like to try it?

I'd like to start practicing it again.

So, how about if we challenge each other?
I'll give it a try again, if You will :)

The people on TV - especially during a heated
political season - or for that matter -
in any interview situation ... could really benefit
from this practice, too.

If a guest did this on one of those argumentative shows,
we could almost imagine the guest being interrupted
time and time again -- only to finally say:

"Why did You invite me to come on Your show,
if You won't allow me to speak?"

That would be funny.
I'd really like to see that!

Hey, Let's both You & I try it out TODAY!

Posted by Sunny at 11:15 AM | Comments (8)