Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted…
I can’t find the source to that quote, but I sure like it.
I am often amazed at the power of silence. A power I truly wish I fully understood and harnessed. But alas, my words usually find their way out into the world as we know it.
Do you ever notice that when someone sits silent, we have this tendency to think they might just know something we don’t know? It’s like they are holding in some grand secret that will be disclosed at the proper place and time. And we await with baited breath.
On the other side of that coin, however, is the person who, whatever comes into their mind exits their mouth. Those folks don’t always realize it, but on many occasions, the expression of their thoughts is duly dismissed by their hearers.
How many times have I heard that little voice deep in my heart warn me, “Keep it to yourself.” But, alas, my pride or whatever it is at the moment gets the best of me.
It you are just dying to say something today, but that warning system seems to quietly be beeping down inside, might I suggest, “Save it.” For a better time. A better place.
There’s an ancient proverb or two that backs up that tidbit of advice for today. See what you think:
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; when he closes his lips he is considered prudent. Proverbs 17:28
I like this one too:
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; a time to be silent and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:7
Just my thoughts, well, and again, my words…