I can do magic with groups of women. Here are two true life examples.
- I have done public speaking on a variety of topics and always open in this manner: “My name is Pat Jackson-Colando. I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in private practice. If you can say my name, you don’t need to see me.” And the entire assembly dutifully chants my name. We all smile and I begin my presentation.
- When I began to write as a hobby, I shared the news with a small group of women gathered in my home as supportive friends. I said, “I’m a writer now.” Pointed looks bounced among the women in my living room and everyone was mum. For many moments, there was silence – among a group of polished gossipers. I never, never gossip, but perhaps they considered me one of them that would write down their chatter. As if! And, within a few beats, they were gossiping again.
I can do magic with groups of women, in diametrically opposed forms. I can make them say the same thing simultaneously or create a conversation pause.
Wow, I’d hate to be one of those women in your bible study whom you just defamed. See the poster above.
One’s greatest gifts can be one’s greatest liabilities too…
you were not there and neither was JoAnne. If she had been, it wouldn’t have happened. Kind hearts prevail