Conversely, despite this poor attempt at singing, can I share with you another occasion, when my words of silence actually did empower me ...
During a school holidays visit to the bowling alley, our lane was finally ready and my name was called. As my children and I approached our lane, we noticed the family next to us refused to make room. Their possessions remained on our side of the seats.
This was disappointing - I came to the bowling alley for FUN. Not for a confrontation, nor to deal with somebody else's bad attitude. Luckily for me, I was in a calm and humble mood.
In that moment I could have chosen to engage in an argument with the other mother, or as fate would have it, I could simply 'just be'.
I managed to tap into my intuition, my gut instinct, or my soul. And, in this moment I decided my point of power was to do nothing at all. My daughters questioned the other people's belongings remaining in our seats, I instructed them to sit down where there was room. The mother clearly wanted an argument, and in this instant I knew not to engage. My power was to be indifferent to her challenges, and to proceed to bowl our game anyway.
Low and behold, there was a lesson to teach my children, as strange as it seemed. As a result of my silence, the other mother not only moved her bag and shoes from our side to hers, but she also started to talk to and befriend me. I remained polite yet indifferent, and quietly amused.
My intuition proved to be spot on, my silence proved to be a powerful force. More powerful than words or conflict.
So remember to add this lesson to your point of power - when sometimes, all that needs to be said is absolutely nothing at all.