“Go Long” but “Keep It Short”


Go long.  Go all the way.  I.e. live deeply and take in the full experience whenever possible.  If it’s worth doing at all, it’s usually worth doing fully.  However, after the doing, take time to reflect.  Digest all you can, and synthesize it for yourself.  Internalize the best of all you’ve gleaned.

Then when you’re ready to share with others your marvelous experiences, keep it short!  People who have had similar experiences and know what you’re talking about will usually understand your briefest descriptions, and if they want to hear more, they will ask.  People who haven’t had experiences similar to yours NEED to hear only the briefest and best of what you want to share.  You can’t give anyone your experience; you can only spark their interest.  If you ignite their imagination, they can ask for more.

Over-sharing is like casting your “pearls before swine.”  It’s a waste of your heart.  This goes for casual sharing and great works of art.  My view of even the longest novels or symphonies is that not one word or note is extra.  It’s great art because it’s all essential. 

More conversation should aim to be “great art”!


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