I hear you

But I can tell from your sentencesThat you are not hearing me.It seems that you think my silenceMeans agreement.You haven’t noticedThat I checked out long ago.You didn’t even ask meHow I’m doingYou didn’t hear me sighOr maybe you didBut chose to keep it moving,You had your own news to share after all.But I am human […]

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Loud voices

Can be co-existed with.Celebrated even.In a world where unheard voicesAre being sought outIts often easy to startBy silencing the louder voices-‘Tone it down’,‘Stay on mute a bit longer’,‘Let others shine’.But what if loud voicesWeren’t necessarily dominating?What if we could find a way to prosperAltogether?The loudest voice in the roomDoesn’t have to drown outAll the others,It […]

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Persuasion vs. Clarity

Perhaps the responsibility of persuasion Is too great a weight to place upon yourself. Yours is not to cajole or manipulate  Or contort yourself for  Others to believe you  Or take you seriously.  But rather yours is to  Do the work necessary  To make your words clear- And then leave it with your audience  To […]

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The thing you most need to say

Is often the hardest thing to say.It takes up so much real estateIn your mind, yetYou’ve become accustomedTo suppressing it,Brushing it off,Kicking the can down an endless road,Only to find that the you’re kicking itDeeper into your psyche,Where its taking rootAnd changing your mental landscape.And though the wordsMay never be found on your lips,They speak […]

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Customer, Client or Patient?

Beyond semanticsIt matters what you callThe person you seek to engage.A customer is a personInterested in a product,And expects a fair transactionGetting what they expect,Fair trade.No need for namesNo need for small talk,Sometimes the less peopleA customer has to deal withThe better.Convenience.A client is a personWhose name is known.Their needs are anticipated.Their nuances taken into […]

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Strong winds

Are an asset for a windmill farmBut a disaster for fruit trees.Strong opinions are like strong windsThey can drive important conversations alongBut if we’re not carefulWe may just make it really unlikelyFor the fruits of other people’s mindsTo flourish in our presence.Blowing other people overIn righteous crusades of debateOften leaves to a double loss:First you […]

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Conversations with friends

Are like book markers in a book; They give immediate context of where we’re at, Remind us of the ground we’ve covered And give us a sense of what is still to come. Words that bubble through the air From their lips to our hearts As though they were always meant to live there. Perhaps […]

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Heated discussions

Rarely yield much. And it’s a shame, because I love to debate. To make a point. To engage in a fight And win it. I found myself fighting today. A friend of mine saw something differently than I did And within a few minutes I was rearing to go, Passionately delivering my points of view, […]

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Lingual Gymnastics

There is a certain  kind of flexibility required For those of us who navigate the world in more than one language, Particularly if your mother tongue Is not as widely celebrated as your acquired language(s). There’s a process of having to make sense of the world Through a lens that not everyone may fully appreciate, […]

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