There is a difference between saying too much and not enough. Just as there is a difference in knowing when to speak and when not.
It is Plato who said it best: “wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something”.
In an age where self-promotion is the norm, people speak more than ever. The problem though, is that they do not know when to pause.
A Zen saying goes “do not speak unless you can improve the silence”. Unfortunately, nowadays few can do that.
We observe it daily: in the ride to and from work, people are stuck in trafficking and feel the constant need to talk to someone – co-passengers, on the phone, to random strangers, salespersons, anyone they bump into – simply to consume the words they cannot suppress inside.
It may be seen as an insecurity, wanting to constantly draw attention onto oneself by speaking endlessly. But people need to realise when this becomes tiresome for others more than for themselves.
Those who speak limitlessly also tend to be those who are not comfortable in their own silence, and who subsequently try to find ways to avoid it. As such, though, they lose out on the healing process some minutes of quiet offers not only to others but to their own soul as well.