Yay, I finished this mini challenge! Thanks again to Angelica for the tag.
• Thank the person who nominated you.
• Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day, can be a super short post).
• Nominate three new bloggers each day.
“It’s better to speak less than more, and even better to speak purposefully than sparsely.”
This sentence was probably the one thing I liked from the Buddhist summer camp I was made to go to once as a kid. The original version goes like this:「話多不如話少，話少不如話好」. Their official translation had “kindly” instead of “purposefully”, but “好” is just a general term for “good”, and I’ve always interpreted “good” as “purposeful” in this context.
I admire people who are efficient with their use of language. I wouldn’t say I’m one of these people – at least not when I speak. Because I often can’t think of something purposeful enough to say, I tend to keep quiet. Only with people who I’m close with would I risk wasting their time with my not necessarily valuable words. I guess it can be seen as a confidence issue – the fact that I’m harsher on myself with what constitutes purposeful speech – but I really do think that speaking should be efficient. We speak for the sake of communicating after all.
That being said…it is sometimes pleasant to hear people rant. Hmm…if ranting is more sincere, then maybe a rant is to be preferred. Sincerity > purposefulness > briefness? Shouldn’t really be ranking my values like this either, because of how context-based these things are. It depends on whether you’re more concerned about expressing or informing.
Now then, tags…
Almost forgot about my bonus quote! Here you go:
Also, wow, this is my 50th post!