Indelible Blue Pen

Jason C. McDonald (CodeMouse92)

May 20, 2014

The Art of Shutting Up (and still getting heard)

Silence is an art form – this coming from someone who, by all accounts, can talk a camel into sprouting wings. I’m like most Americans in that I have strong views about politics. Very, very, VERY strong views. And, like most Americans, I had little trouble sharing them. I just opened up and let ‘er fly.

Then God challenged me, two days after New Year 2012: spend the entire year without once sharing my political views. Some of you who know me may remember this resolution, and how it turned out for me.

Talk about your paradigm shifts. For the longest time, I thought I had a corner on political (and otherwise) truth. I had the best solutions, and everyone else was crazy. I know I am far from alone in that flawed sentiment. (If you doubt it, read the comments on the online news sites.) Now, for the first time, I realized that all my political views, even the correct ones, were in some way wrong!