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When Silence Speaks

Silence can sometimes speak very loudly. Most recently one news┬áreporter in Brussels was there to report on the aftermath of the bombings there a few weeks ago. The crowds gathered in the streets stood in silence – a very poignant silence that spoke volumes. Sometimes it is the still small voice or the complete absence […]

The Hard Question

Isn’t it wonderful to meet people who listen to us and appreciate what we are saying? It’s a tonic indeed – and gives us renewed energy as well as insight. But what about those who don’t – or won’t – listen? That is the tough one… And yet this hard question could be one of […]

When a Nation Doesn’t Listen

Can a nation stop listening – or refuse to listen? A few weeks ago Britain was marking the passing of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In a BBC radio programme commentators were reviewing how she had dealt with the trade unions that had assumed so much power and control under Harold Wilson’s Labour Government. During […]

Silence is Golden – Really?

It is easy to jump to the conclusion that nobody is listening. ‘No response’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways, after all. That no one is listening is perhaps the easiest conclusion to reach but it can be far from the truth. ┬áIt depends largely on the circumstances of the listener and the […]

Right Place – Right Time

What to say is one thing – but where to say it is quite another. In the days of the physical market place it may have been a lot easier. Or you could put ads in the newspapers or on the radio or TV. Even that was relatively simple, but it required a degree of […]

The Sandy Hook Tragedy

News has just broken of the horrendous elementary school shooting in Connecticut. Too often have we seen this kind of senseless tragedy where schools have provided the backdrop. This time there were twenty 5-10 year-old children among the 26 dead. The lone gunman had reportedly also killed his parents, first his father at home and […]

Listening as Therapy

No, I am not a therapist, but I have noticed how much people are helped when we simply listen. Sometimes we don’t even need to say anything, but just listen. That was something else I learned from my wife… I remember once when she came home after visiting someone facing difficulties. The lady poured out […]

Not Listening to Each Other?

The speaker on the radio spoke of the dangers of not listening to each other. When that happens communication breaks down. It is not a good place to be… It could mean that it is too late and the point pof no return has been reached. The context was the issue of assisted dying. Both […]

Deafening Behaviour?

Sometimes I find myself judging speakers as much by what I see of them as by the words they actually say. Perhaps you are the same.”Do they really know – experientially – what they are talking about?” is the implication. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty doing so. I also ask the same question of […]

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