“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”
– Peter F. Drucker, Author and Management Expert
If it is true that the truth will set you free, than it is vital to consider that even though what you say is important – won’t you don’t say may be far more important. Often times in life, in an attempt not to hurt someone’s feelings or speak out of line, we don’t share all that we could. A true friend, or trusted colleague, is entitled to honesty. If you are unsure how much to share (of what you could disclose) ask permission. If a person does not want to hear all that you could say that would be to their benefit, than you can ask no more of yourself than to have given them the option. Finally, give yourself permission to hear the truth from others. The question “is there more?” may help ensure you get what you need to hear. And, in the never ending conversation you have with yourself, endeavor to tell yourself the whole truth.