Gretchen Rubin

Story: Sometimes Words Only Diminish What You Want To Convey.

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully.

This week's story: Sometimes words only diminish what you want to convey. I've never forgotten this story, ever since I came across it while doing research for 40 Ways To Look at Winston Churchill. I love it so much; I get choked up whenever I think about Eisenhower's message.

If you'd like to see a photo of the actual document sent by Eisenhower, with its single sentence, it's here.

If you want to read more along these lines, check out…

Stop talking, or, a happiness lesson from Sex and the City 2.

8 tips for finding the right thing to say in a difficult situation.

11 tips for broaching difficult subjects.

Zoikes, it's not often that Dwight Eisenhower and Carrie Bradshaw appear together in one post.

You can check out the archives of videos here.

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