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I like to walk on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
There are times when I prefer walking alone because I can go at my pace, choose my distance, and have greater freedom of thought. It’s also a time when I don’t feel the need or requirement to talk because I enjoy listening to my thoughts while integrating the environmental sights and sounds. Don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy talking with the right people.
We talk to give ideas, to be funny, inform, express feelings, motivate, pay homage, console, manage, orate, gossip, tell jokes or a story, and more.
We talk to speak, chat, converse or just say – to babble, jabber, gab, yak, rap, run the mouth, or chew the fat. We talk to express ideas, communicate, articulate, confer, vocalize, enunciate, pronounce, or just talk.
We talk to discuss personal or intimate feelings, reveal secrets, discuss in confidence, emphasize the seriousness and importance, persuade, convince, advise, encourage, discourage, urge, and argue.
We talk to comment, criticize, debate, mediate, intercede, moderate, negotiate, conciliate, bargain, haggle, dicker, hustle, tittle, tattle, plus wheel, and deal.
We talk with others: friends, family, colleagues, and strangers. Some talk to their deity, a pet, the moon, stars, themselves, or even a fence post. But talking to a wall is no fun.
Some of us talk slow, others fast – some loud, but others soft – but some people don’t have much to say. Some speak with confidence, others less so – but we can misjudge confidence.
I think about people who love to talk – who do so for various reasons. While some feel the need to be center stage, others can’t help it as if excessive talking is in their DNA. While some people can’t wait to demonstrate what they know (or think they know), others can’t wait to talk.
Some people eagerly and thoughtfully wait to include something meaningful, but others jump in because they can’t wait to talk. I shake my head thinking of people who ask a question not to hear your thoughts because they want to tell you theirs. I also laugh thinking of people whose time in silence has difficulty exceeding 15 seconds.
Some talk to be the center of attention as the conversation goes through them because they are the hub of the conversion. I think of a bicycle wheel: they are the center while the others are the spokes. Some talk to show others how smart they are, but maybe how dumb, but a few speak with authority.
I think about the people favoring talking over listening by focusing on what to say next and immediately do at the next opening, such as a pause to inhale. But I did work with someone who talked when inhaling so he could not keep talking. It is possible these same people also mumble something incomprehensible after a big bite of food because they have to talk.
I also think about those that can hold a coherent conversation. These people respectfully listen and engage. These people ask and answer questions. These people engage with others verbally and mentally. These people are the conversationalists clicking together like puzzle pieces with engaging, thought-provoking, and fun conversations.
We talk to give information, express thoughts or emotions – or just talk. Talk ranges from loud and funny to quiet and retrospective – from low and slow to biting our tongue – from enthusiastic and motivational to solemn and serious. To accomplish this, we verbalize and vocalize to communicate with each other because humans are very social creatures. That’s who humans are, so talking is in our DNA.
So, we engage in small talk, smooth talk, sweet talk, double talk, coffee talk, back talk, pep talk, fast talk, table talk, pillow talk, straight talk, guy talk, girl talk, heart-to-heart talk, shoot the breeze, talk in circles, and who knows how many more. I also like TED Talks – but that involves listening.
I’m walking alone today, but is thinking and reflecting about talk a form of talking? You can decide. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about Talk
- Who’s Talking to Who (an essay)
- Conversations (a poem)
- Stop Talking (a poem)
- Talk to Me (a poem)
- 50 Conversation Starters (a list)
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