No words

Photo courtesy of Pierre Metivier (Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Pierre Metivier (Creative Commons)

We pride ourselves on having eloquent words for every occasion. We fill books and blogs and podcasts with advice on communicating and interacting and sharing.

But there are times when no words are sufficient.

The loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship. Illness. Devastating news of any kind seems to call for words that appease and soothe the person affected. But often the talk is just noise.

Some situations are best left quiet.

The comfort of knowing friends are near and don’t need explanations. A hug, a touch, a prayer.

Allowing time and space to adjust to the new normal and the freedom to be silent can be more valuable than any words.

Do you know when to stop talking?