"To communicate, put your thoughts in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
" -William Safire.
It requires planning, prudence, and savvy to employ this.
It's acknowledging that communication is also about marketing strategy.
"Life is for most of us a continuous process of getting used to things we hadn't expected.
" -Martha Lupton.
As humans we can't use our perception to predict everything that's coming at us.
But this reminds me of the 'opportunity' in the unexpected.
Stephen Covey once said words to the effect, 'To ignore the unexpected (even if that were possible) would be to live without opportunity, spontaneity, and the rich moments of which "life" is made.
' Of course, Helen Keller also said, 'Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.
"People who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are always in a hurry.
" -Jeanne-Marie Roland.
If one is in the practice of organising themselves for work, they'll invariably be able to organise themselves for play.
"If you preach excellence but walk mediocrity, you are nothing more than a common liar.
" -Old Maxim used by Justin Langer.
This one is most relevant for anyone in leadership, whether that's in a home as a parent, at work as a manager, or on a sports field.
It's about credibility and integrity.
It's about doing the difficult things well and experiencing the pain 'with your team.
"It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.
" -Baltasar Gracian.
It's about the wisdom of restraint in knowing when to delay an action that will bring pain, embarrassment, and regret.
The prudent person employs this.
"Sometimes we have to be silent to be heard.
" -Stanislaw J.
I mean, how often are there just the flurry of voices and no one's hearing anyone else.
There's too much of it in this day and age.
At times silence speaks louder than words.
"The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.
" -George Orwell.
It's just words.
There's no plan, no structure, and no way of being understood.
It is harder to be understood than most think.
It requires great skill.
Cowardice will win over in our speaking if we let it; for instance, we'll flatter when we should be honestly rebuking a person.
We need to have the courage to speak the truth, but do so in a loving manner.
This is no easy task.
It requires skill and most of all the right heart.
"Accept whatever befalls you, and in times of humiliation be patient.
For gold is tested in the fire, and those found acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation.
" -Sirach's Ecclesiasticus 2:4-5
We need both ways.
This saying speaks about the hard way.
It is no less useful than the easy way, which is learning willingly.
"Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.
" -Edward De Bono.
But, for those who are ambitious this is not bad, just something to understand why they'll be unhappy.
For some, being unhappy is a good thing because they constantly drive themselves toward continual improvement in their chosen field of excellence.
"If we would please in society, we must be prepared to be taught many things we know already by people who do not know them.
" -Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort.
It takes grace and humility to accept the lesson, and you never know what new insight you might get.
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