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  • Writer's pictureTina Huggins

Within earshot…


As I worked in a cubical at the airport a man sat behind me having a conversation with a friend who must have been a work cohort. I am not in the habit of listening to other people’s conversation, but if you are using an ear piece and speaking loudly… it is hard not to hear what is being said. Anyone within 6 feet could hear this conversation. The details about indiscretions and infidelity are not worth repeating…the sadest part was the next call to his wife… a normal casual conversation. He left for his flight probably not knowing or caring what had been heard by others, but what I took away was his lack of character and integrity… a reflection of his core being.

Mobile devices provide availability and connectivity anytime…anyplace…anywhere…and I believe we are becoming numb and often complacent, not to mention sometimes rude as we allow our conversations to be heard by one and all. The power of the words; the tone of a voice can send a deafening message about who we are.

What is the motivation behind talking so anyone can hear? Consider conversations you have heard…trash talk, abusive talk, bragadocious talk… all create an impression of one’s character, the way you treat others at home or a work.  I am sure most of us have heard a sampling of these.

Could that loud voice be to make a statement or impression to those within ear shot or does it reflect one’s smallness, and insecurities? The saddest of all options is the person so transparent he/she doesn’t really care what is seen or heard by others.

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