If you are like me, you will have experienced this: the moment when the witty quip, the telling anecdote, the irrefutable argument leaps into your mind ... but just too late. The conversation has moved on. Ten seconds ago your quip would have been timely, eliciting smiles and nods from your audience. Now the topic has shifted, someone else has the floor, and the words and meanings with which your comment would have resonated are too far downstream. This is kairos—or to be more precise, this is missing kairos. Kairos refers to the opportune moment for action. More particularly,…
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