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Topic: Whispers (01/26/04)
TITLE: Hush, somone's listening
By Lisa Walker Thomas
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What are you saying that can't be said in the open? What are you discussing that needs the privacy of inaudible tone. Perhaps the message we are sending is concerning someone's status in the company, or the break up of a marriage, or the all too familiar, "I didn't want to tell you this, but..."
We are admonished to look behind the words we use and more importantly the actions that drives those words. Consider this, ask yourself, what will it benefit the other person's life if I expound on this issue? What will be the benefit of my own life if I choose to expound on it.
When we choose to whisper, because of where we choose to do it and the secrecy contained in the whispering, it is set up to give the appearance of uncertainty, doubt, and often doom.
Because God is not the author of chaos, know when we choose to whisper we are also choosing to invite chaos into our lives. How, someone may ask. We are inviting chaos because the audience that views the platform you used to convey your secretive point is not searching for what you're saying, but rather how you're saying it.
If the issue can not be disscussed in an "open forum" how important is the issue. Don't make the mistake of falling behind the curtain of, "Well, I didn't want to offend anyone." If your actions have the potential to offend someone, they are not the actions you should have.
Whispering speaks directly to our maturity level, no matter what platform we use to draw acceptance to the behavior, the behavior itself says "immature."
When we were children we whispered out of a sense of unity, the concept of "I know something, you don't". But as adults, what motive do we have? What motive could we have?
There is no acceptable motive, except to place our maturity level on display and to allow our internal ugliness to be showcased in all of it's glory and splendor. When we display that side of ourselves openly, there will be no need for whispers, for the internal ugliness will resound through clear as a bell.