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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Have a Heart-to-Heart

Talk, talk, talk.

Or as we call it on this interweb thingy, "chat."

Chat, which Mr. Webster says is "informal," "light," and "casual" talk. From the Middle English "chatten," a synonym to "jabber," meaning "to talk rapidly in a foolish or purposeless way"; or, worse, "to utter a succession of quick, inarticulate, speechlike sounds."

Yes, a lot of us spend a lot of time doing just that.

But when was the last time you sat down with a like-minded soul and talked about things that matter?

I was leading a series of discussions in China a few years ago, and the first four were to be Love, Hate, Life, and Death. A Hong Kong man who thought he was an organizer (he wasn't) came to me and said, "Chinese people don't like to talk about death. Why don't you change the topic to, 'Why You Need Life Insurance'?"

Blech.

Needless to say, I stuck with my idea, and it was one of the most interesting discussions in the series. If death is greatly feared, then we need to talk about it, to process it together.

What are your fears, your hopes, your dreams? Find someone to discuss them with.

Less noise, more light.

You'll be happier.

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