“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” Ernest Hemingway
How annoying is it when someone is constantly interrupting you to finish your sentences? Have you ever been guilty of this? As much as it annoys me, I am guilty of it. Below, an excerpt from a conversation between my German friend Sabine, David, and me:
Sabine: We saw a Waschbär (pronounced wash-bear) –
Me: (Jumping in) You mean a squirrel?
Sabine: No, that’s a –
Me: (Jumping in again) a beaver?
Sabine: No, uh-
Me: (Jumping in yet again) A skunk?
Sabine: No, that’s a Stinktier –
Me: (Jumping in for the last time) You sure you don’t mean a squirrel? Or-
David: (to me) Let her finish… this isn’t charades!
Me: Oh, yeah… sorry!!
Sabine: It is a racoon…
Me: Ohhhhhhh, racooooooooon!
And we all laughed…
Yes, it was funny, but I was interrupting from the start, and this wasn’t a guessing game! Afterwards, I apologized because it was extremely poor etiquette, and I know better. I get carried away so easily, excited like a little kid. But even if I think I know what someone will say, I shouldn’t chime in. It is rude and I don’t like it done to me. What’s the point of a conversation then, if I won’t listen? Starting today, I will talk less and listen more. In the same vein, my opinions and thoughts don’t always have to be voiced. That’s what my blog is for.
“A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.” Ernest Hemingway