When I was a little girl my parents used to warn me, “think before you speak.” I’ll chalk the admonition up to the unhindered speech of a child, but nevertheless, it was repeated enough that it stuck.
Whether the eagerness of youth or the pitfalls of heightened emotion, it’s fair to assume that every one of us has fallen prey to some form of verbal vomit only to later wish we could swallow back every word.
The advent of social media has proven to widen the danger zone. We’ve become a culture of instant emotional gratification. Feelings enters in and reaction follows, with multiple public forums at our fingertips. There seems to be a unique kind of courage, a previously guarded boldness, that emerges from behind the safety of a computer screen and smart phone.
Perhaps it’s the wisdom of age or my parent’s advice proving useful (who woulda’ thought), but I’ve found myself biting my tongue with even greater frequency these days.
In the face of hyper-frequent global tragedies, increasing political interests, or even the unexpected phone call that one you hold dear has received a devastating blow, we can often find ourselves searching for the right words.
If we paused to think before we spoke, would we share more words … or less?
I’m over at iBelieve.com today sharing 5 ways we can use our voice when we’re not quite sure what to say. I’d love for you to follow me on over to read the rest of this post…
You can also find these words linked up in some of my favorite spots: Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory), Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart), and Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday).