Suppose you’re in a setting with a large number of friends and acquaintances from work, family and all other social circles.
Your best friend comes up to you and says that in five minutes you have to address the group and the topic of that speech is to be, ‘The Most Important Aspects of Leading a Perfect Life’.
Circumstances are such that you can’t back out, no matter the level of your glossophobia – the fear of public speaking.
You find a small, vacant room with a table, chair, paper and pencil. What happens next could be nothing short of miraculous as you bring together in your mind all the components that you believe are critical for a perfect life.
For these choice selections to reveal themselves – to you – what needs to happen? Quietness? Honesty? Reflection? Discovery? Taking a step you have never taken before?
Interesting it would be, as a member of the audience, to listen as you reveal your personal answers, and moreover the conviction you assign to each one.
We live in a world of biases, uncertainty and diversity. If you ever want to really understand someone else . . .
read the notes of their speech.