Timing, week 4

We will continue our discussion of Timing during our lessons this week (September 22).  We’ll be talking about the importance of finding the right time to speak to another person.  Our in-class discussion for this week follows below:

“You win battles by knowing the opponent’s timing, and using a timing which the opponent does not expect.” — Miyamoto Musashi (artist, author and samurai)

If you spar in competition, you may have watched your opponent spar with others to learn how they move, and what sorts of sparring techniques they really like to use.  Studying their timing, and knowing the way they spar, can certainly help you later.  But there are other areas where timing is even more important.  When you need to speak to someone about something important, it is important to find the right time for both you and the person you need to speak with.  Sometimes “right now” isn’t the right time to ask your question or make your statement.  If the other person is very busy, or is having a difficult day, they might not be ready to listen to what you have to say.  Timing in this situation is about knowing when the right time is to approach someone, and when it is better to wait.

Discussion Questions:

1)  Have you ever tried to ask a question at the wrong time?

2)  Do you think about how long it will take to answer your question before you ask?

3)  Is it all right to wait to ask a question?

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