"Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken." ~ Orson Rega Card, novelist
Are there things I wish I hadn't said?
Sometimes the words spilled out of my mouth, surprising me almost as much as they surprised the other person.
Sometimes the words were planned. Deliberate. Only once they were spoken did I think, "Why did I say that?"
The words--rehearsed on the stage of my mind--seemed so right. So fitting. But now, under the harsh glare of hurt-glazed eyes . . .well, really, was what I said the right thing to say--or was it more that I wanted to be right?
As the years accumulate in my life-book, I find myself talking less and listening more. Why? Two reasons. The Bible puts it this way: Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise ... (Proverbs 17:28) Works for me.
The other reason? I learn so much--about people, about life--when I choose to be silent. When I choose to listen.
Do I have things to say?
But oftentimes, I realize my words wouldn't have added anything to the conversation--except a bit of a breeze.
In Your Words: What did you think when you read today's quote? How do you handle the power of words? Was there a time when silence was truly golden for you?
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