Wednesday, June 20, 2012
apples of gold
"A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."
Sometimes I take undue pride in my ability
to speak succinctly and frankly.
Yesterday however, I was stopped short as I listened to someone share their reasons for holding their tongue and not saying what was on their mind to someone they knew. They wanted to treat that person with a certain gentleness that they needed. They knew the person well enough, to know what they could handle—and what could possibly harm.
I realized that my readiness to speak out is often done without consideration —without that pause, to think first of the other person.
I need to learn to carry my words carefully —to give them out slowly.
Learn to listen more. Speak less.
I need to learn to hold my words for necessary moments
—for moments the words fit.
Posted by GLB