Knowing when to be quiet and knowing when to speak is a true sign of maturity. Keeping peace is the course of wisdom.

Have you ever said something that you later regretted?  No doubt, the wisdom of remaining silent became all too apparent at the very moment you realized your verbal blunder. For some, the wisdom of remaining silent is not even a subject worth consideration. They may pride themselves on being blunt and always ready to speak their mind ―disregarding the situation or circumstances involved when they do so. But is it wise to blurt out the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it more important for you to voice your opinion at all costs even when doing so could impact others negatively?

Consider this fact. A verbal confrontation is often the root cause of many people getting injured or killed. Viscious gossip can spawn a whirlwind of events, causing people to lose their reputation, their jobs, and even their mates when a lie is spread about them. Friendships have been lost behind broken promises and betrayals of trust when something told in confidence became common knowledge.

In a symbolic sense, an active tongue can start a wildfire that’s hard to put out once it gains momentum.  We’ve all said things that were inappropriate from time to time. Therefore, the wisdom of silence should be practiced as if our life depended on it because contrary to the familiar phrase, “words really can hurt you.”

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