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Choice 20The Power of Silence

Speech is silver, silence is golden.

—French Proverb91166

One of life’s interesting ironies is that silence, often associated with passivity, is such a potent force. Silence can help us become centered, calm, introspective, and perhaps even wise. And silence can often get our point across much more effectively than the most persuasive argument.

First, consider how important silence is for learning. When we speak, it is difficult to learn more than what we already know. But when we silently listen to what others have to say, whole new worlds are available to us. We can begin to understand things from the perspectives of others, and we can have access to what they know that we don’t. As we listen to the concerns ...

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