Too shocked, shamed, confused, or abused to speak or perhaps to even know what to say anymore.
Maybe in the face of some horrible things that happen in life, there really are no words.
Instead, the vacant or crazed look in the eyes says it all.
People go through a lot--some of it is inhumane.
Sometimes, only tears can even begin to express what they are feeling.
I think one thing that is important to do, even when we're not sure what to say, is to acknowledge that it is okay.
Silence is often golden.
Listen more, watch more, feel more, learn more, reflect more.
Ask more questions.
Usually, I'm told to ask at least 5 times (i'd say at least 3) to decompose to what is really going on underneath the superficial covers.
"Tell me more."
"Can you elaborate?"
Sometimes, people have difficulty getting in touch with their true feelings or accurately diagnosing what's bothering them.
It's more than okay to be thoughtful, be deliberative.
Words are often cheap, but they shouldn't be.
Our words should be truthful, meaningful, insightful, even righteous.
Take all the time you need, your words are worth it. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)