The Residue of Fear

"I spent so much of my life telling people the things they wanted to hear instead of the things they needed to, told myself I wasn't meant to be anyone's conscience because I still had to figure out being my own, so sometimes I just wouldn't say anything, appeasing ignorance with my silence, unaware that validation doesn't need words to endorse its existence....We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't. Silence is the residue of fear."

~ Clint Smith

See also: 

Rosenberg, M. B. (2007). Nonviolent communication: A language of life. Encinitas, CA: PuddleDancer Press. (library)

Scott, S. (2002). Fierce conversations: Achieving success at work & in life, one conversation at a time. New York, N.Y: Viking. (library)