I love quotes and aphorisms.
I love Italian hermetic poetry and Japanese Haiku.
I’m in awe by the ability to pack so much meaning and emotions in just a few words.
It is as if, once we remove all decorations and embellishments, what we are left is the essence of the message.
And each one of those remaining words carries so much meaning, so much power.
In an interview, Mary Oliver said: “[…]if you can say it in a few lines, you’re just decorating for the rest of it. Unless you could — intent makes something more intense, but if you said what you want to say, you’re not going to make it more intense. You’re just going to repeat yourself.”
Yet, it’s not easy. Sometimes I overflow people with words.
I noticed that usually when I am not clear about what I want to communicate, I become verbose. But when I can feel it; when the message is crystal clear in my mind and my heart, then the right words emerge, and no decorations are needed.