“I have spread my dreams under your feet
tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.”
~ William Butler Yeats, “He wishes for the cloths of heaven,” 1899
5 Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.[a] 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
~ William Butler Yeats
Something that I have been experiencing of late speaks to both ends of the conversation spectrum. In one scenario, a personal conversation is already in progress that I was not at the beginning of, and the speaker is trying to talk with me as if I know what has transpired. It is awkward and I have entered the room only to do something related to a task or speak to someone that is engaged in that conversation. My usual response to this is to leave the room after excusing myself. If I am not a part of the conversation, I know enough to leave. If I am to made a part of this conversation then being brought up to speed is a factor, but usually not necessary at that moment.
The other scenario involves walking into a room where all conversation stops. This is also awkward, leaving my imagination to play on broken equipment rather than having a healthy response. But my reaction is the same, I make my excuses, or get the attention of the person I wish to speak with and then leave the room.
It is hard to be gracious, lightly salted rather than pull out the whole spice cabinet or begin to put ingredients together that don’t necessarily go.
Today, as you go about your conversations, be as gracious as possible. Try to keep others out as the “topic” of the conversation in whole rooms of folks or keep yourself out if you walk into one of those. Emotions are running high this time of year in educational institutions as the end of the year duties are upon the employees and the students. Emotions are running especially high this year on the East Coast due to natural and man-made disasters. If you live elsewhere, you know the disasters that are affecting you and those around you. If you are the outsider, lean on God for instruction as logic can but does not always dictate the proper course of action.
I love the new song, “Help Me Find It.” As this path gets twisty it is what I am hanging on to for the rest of the year.
Because of Him,
Help me Find it.