The Neutral Zone

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Know When to Speak

Why is it that some people always seem to want to stay in the neutral zone when it comes to making important decisions about how to resolve certain issues? Yet, when things do not turn out the way they think they should, these same people become the most boisterous critics and cynics in the room.

It is a certainty that there is a time to speak and a time when it is best to stay silent. There are times when silence is “golden”, just as there are times when wanting to freely speak one’s mind or voice one’s opinion about an issue, especially after a resolution is reached, might be viewed as betrayal.

Wanting to always voice one’s opinion for the sake of recognition and acknowledgement from others does not necessarily equate to possessing a certain level of intelligence or maturity. Sometimes it is best to keep our opinions to ourselves to avoid undue conflict and strife, or having to eventually eat our own words.

If a person chooses from the start to stay in the neutral zone as far as offering their time, talent, and abilities to help resolve an issue, then after a problem is resolved, perhaps he should stay in the neutral zone and keep his comments and criticisms to himself.

If we do not want to help resolve a problem, then we should not cause more problems by rushing in at the eleventh hour to offer our proverbial “two cents” either.

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