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STOIC POETRY | The right amount of silence

Updated: Sep 4, 2021

During a discussion with a coworker, I realized I had said to much. It would have been better if I had left off speaking after my point had been made and clearly understood. But no, I decided to lay in with an extra thirty-seconds of explanation just to hear myself speak. This was clearly not necessary and superfluous to my aim.

Would it be better to speak less in a more absolute sense? And for that matter…how about just being silent all the time? If silence is golden then wouldn’t utter silence be more golden still? I don’t think so. I suspect that complete silence misses the mark of living. We may as will be dead, that is, unless are very fact of living communicate some message in its own right, like being the queen of England. But we are not kings or queens or sovereigns in any sense other than the masters of our own moments, and maybe not even that. And so I’ll speak up and talk and share my thoughts. Sometimes these thoughts will be in excess, sometimes they will be just enough, sometimes they will miss the mark. That is the idea behind the principle of the Bullseye Aim; that we try and we strive and we sometimes hit the mark but mostly we missed the mark but there is much benefit in the very act of trying.


My name is Kurt Bell.

You can learn more about The Good Life in my book Going Alone.

Be safe... But not too safe.

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