Weather, blah, blah, blah
Complaints, blah, blah, blah
Politics, blah, blah, blah
Where do you work? Where did
you go to school? I once went
to a museum where you stand in
front of a exhibit and push a
red button. A voice comes on
that gives you the spiel. I
have often thought it would be
good if we had a red button
instead of having to participate
in the ritual of idle (inane) talk.

What is it that compels us to spend
hours talking? It seems impossible
to be with someone in loving silence.
I can spend days alone, peacefully
quiet, but then someone comes, and
off I go, blah, blah, blah.

Talking, like everything else, expends
energy — our life force. It drains
us — and often the other person as well.
Let’s look closely at our need to engage
in idle talk. Try practicing mindful
silence. Listen carefully when someone
else speaks to you. Refrain from long
winded responses.

Refrain from idle speech for
one week — or one day if a week is
too difficult. See what the results
are. You will be surprised.

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