Conserving Words

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“The Quiet World” by Jeffrey McDaniel.

The thing about good friends is that no matter how much time it has been since you last met them or even talked to them, you know that when you talk again, it’ll be like you were never apart.

The same happened to me a while ago. I got a call from a dear friend of mine (who I have only ever met once in my entire life), after almost a year. My surprise was mixed with guilt as I realised that I had made no effort to keep in touch, and yet, here he was.

We got talking. And, with the formal greetings quickly gotten over with and brushed aside, we started talking about our lives. Our friendships, our love lives (mine almost nonexistent), our futures, our plans, and everything else.

An hour into the conversation he told about a practise he had adopted of “conserving words.”

He explained it further, saying that we tended to overuse a lot of words.
We keep using them till they don’t have the same value as before, and we don’t even realise it.

Here is the example he gave me.
He said, ” what is the word you would used to describe how you feel after you watch your favourite movie?”

Me: Amazing?

Him: And how would you describe how it’ll feel when you give birth to your first child?

Me:…Amazing?

Him: You see? You people throw around words like these so casually, that when the time comes when these words should actually be used, their value gets reduced.

We go around saying that find a certain dress “beautiful” or “love” a certain singer.
But aren’t those the same words we’d use to describe our mothers?
Are our feelings for them so shallow that they can be equated to Alt J’s latest hit?

“Conserve your words,” he said, “so they’ll have a greater impact, a deeper meaning when they’re used. This’ll also help you realise what’s actually important in life. Which are the things to be liked, and which are to be cherished.”

To all the people like me out there, who just can’t keep their mouth closed, I’d like to point out that this doesn’t ask you to talk less. Just to choose your words carefully, to stop for a moment and think. Breathe. Then talk. It’ll certainly slow down the pace of life in this busy metropolitan.

And isn’t that exactly what this city needs?

I loved really like the idea.
What about you?

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