Conversation Requires Give And Take

In a conversation, you say something, then I say something, then you say something else.

This give and take is required…otherwise it isn’t a conversation. It might be a discourse, a speech, or a sermon but NOT a conversation.

And if we are not going to have a conversation then what is the point? If I want preaching I’ll go to a church. If I want to hear a speech…there is plenty of political speechmaking going on right now….trust me I can find a speech to listen to.

After being interupted a couple of times I tend to stop listening so all that talking isn’t doing any good anyway.

I know it is polite to listen…or at least try to. It is really hard to keep my attention on something I have completely lost interest in though.

And just so you know…I’m not going to change my opinion of anything just because someone throws a lot of words at me.

It seems to me that if you are so unsure of your position that you can’t even let someone else get a word in edgewise…maybe it isn’t even worth listening to.

So if you want me to pay attention to what you are saying…it is a good idea to let me say something once in a while. And actually LISTEN!

Thank you. Rant over. You can go on about your regularly scheduled surfing now.



  1. I understand what you mean. I have a friend who asks for my opinion, but the whole time she’s interrupting me or talking over me. She never listens to a word I say. Sometimes I’m tempted to say something ridiculous just to see if she’s actually listening.

    Tee hee, Nikki you gave me a good giggle about the vampire thing.

  2. This reminds me of funny conversations we would have with our granny. She always had this habit of explaining things with a long story and give great logic (created mostly on her own) for everything. When she would speak, we were not allowed to interrupt, ask a question or dare offer a different opinion, till she had finished her part. Else she would forget what she was talking and would start all over again.
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