I have been observing my conversations in the past week, thinking more about how we are our habits, both those we are conscious of, and those we aren’t.
I am thinking about the differences between times when I am bold, brightly alive, and bouncing with energy ”“ loud even, and then about those other times, when a single part of me is quite enough. I can be most effective in those quieter times, heard best by others when I am calm, when I am still, and when I might even be whispering.
One of my early observations within the lessons I received from others on Ha‘aha‘a, was that there is something more calming, nurturing, caring and respectful about those in the ‘Ohana who chose to speak softly. Their listeners would tune in carefully, so that they would be sure to hear them. They would more willingly engage and respond, and the soft-speaker’s complete message and true intent would be understood.
—from Managing with Aloha, “This is Ha‘aha‘a, the value of humility.”