I’m NOT Ready to Say Anything

We are challenged on many fronts…

think-001“To speak out, it’s true,
On many different issues.
With some we have a clue,
And others we remain, well, clueless.
Except for the myriad of voices speaking in the ether,
How can we tell the truth from the fable?
Should we speak if it is not Helpful?
Inspiring or even Necessary?
Keep it Kind or Keep Silent.” ~Me

I want you to notice something by a very wise Solomon. “A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;”. (Ecclesiastes 3:7) Quick. What did you notice? The order, I say is very appropriate. Silence first, speak later.

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?[1]

loose-lips-sinks-shipsThis little piece of poetry is over 100 years old, and who knows where it originated, but there is wisdom of the Owl! Used in WWII to teach folks it is better to be silent and to learn what’s going on. Silence was equaled to Security. This was also equal to the other famous term from similar times. “Loose Lips Sinks Ships!” Unguarded speech often creates more problems than their words will ever solve.

James, the brother of Jesus, carries the wisdom of Solomon into an epistle (letter) to the church.

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20 NKJV)

Why is it we react to a single spoken word instead of searching for deeper understanding before we talk? Before we act. Get more facts. Dig deeper. Consider other viewpoints. There are all kinds of actions we should take before we react!

“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.” ~William Arthur Ward

The one right we have had in our arsenal that I wish more people would use more frequently in daily life, is something called the Miranda Rights. (Click Here to learn more) You know it. It’s grown popular since the mid-1970’s when it was required before being questioned by the police, or any other legal authority. (Remember the 5th?)

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney, and to have an attorney present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be provided for you at government expense.”

You have the right to remain silent. Before you speak about something you know nothing about…Please remain silent. 
Anything you say can and will be used against you… This is the terrible thing we see in social media rants all the time. What you post can be used against you, and will probably be your downfall. 

One last thought. Having a discussion about something helps each of us define what we believe to be our foundation. Just remember, a discussion is a two way exchange, and not a one way rant! Just saying!