There’s a real distinction between talking and speaking and actual speech.
The problem is there are too many people whom think they know everything, whom say everything they think, and there are people that who know more than you believe they do…but often say nothing.
When you talk you are using your voice, and what you say is heard.
When you take the time to measure what you say which changes what you say from merely talking to speaking, people are apt to listen.
Therein beloveds, lies the difference.
As a writer, my job is to measure words, distinguish speech from talking and sometimes talk to have people listen–which is a constant balancing act. This requires the ability to recognize what it means whenever or wherever I open my mouth. This means I go from being a noisemaker to a voice.
In the English language, there are 23 definitions for the word voice, the ones that are most applicable in this context are as follows:
6.something likened to speech as conveying impressions to the mind
8. the right to present and receive consideration of one’s desires or opinions
12. the person or other agency through which something is expressed or revealed
I choose to be a voice. I choose to be present and engaged and sometimes make noise. I choose to go through this life with metered measure…so when waves need to be made, I indeed will make them.
P.S. You always know a fool because their mouths are always open: you can’t tell them anything, and they don’t listen.