We intend to maintain control over our own mind and emotions in order to keep clear the path toward spiritual fulfillment. We must ready our self then as we embark to draw out the uniqueness in our companions. It is true that we will be met with opportunities to offer our opinion on the life and behavior of our presently absent acquaintances. This is a true test. Should we take the bait and join the whisperers? What do we proclaim about our self when we participate in these conjectures? Will we gain the trust of confidence with those in our life if we offer speculation of others? How should we find our ability to listen to others if they are unsure of the true confidence of the discussion?
It is true that we develop trust of confidence by prohibiting our self from participation in gossip. When time and time again we refuse to offer thoughts and opinions of speculation those on the other end begin to sense that we also would not reveal their secrets either. So then, we must remain ardently firm in our conviction to refuse rumor. Let us instead encourage others to speak about themselves. Why should we be concerned with the affairs of others absent from the present conversation? We have time, precious time, here and now with one another for mutual investigation and discovery.
In any case we have previously discussed the inherent selfishness we battle. We should then find it very easy to encourage one another to speak of our own self and our own thoughts. What of contemplative discourse? Is it lost forever? Are we truly diminished to electronic signals passed between mobile reading devices? Shall one fragmented sentence after the other define modern day conversation? When is the last time someone sat with us on an occasion of more than five minutes listening to our story? Who there cares enough to know our life, our history, our ideas, our activities, and our family? We should know this then, that an essential key to earning respect is to truly care to discover with unfettered enthusiasm that which defines each and every one of us.
Copyright © Robert Clinton Chedester 2013