…is to shut up. (Not always, but a surprising amount of times) Many times we kill the point we’re making by doing it too strongly. I often find myself diluting the potency of what I’m trying to say because I mix in too much of myself – my anger, my wounded pride, my desires, my preferences, etc. I’ve learned that when I let issues go instead of pursuing my own self-righteous crusade, the results often work themselves out for the best. Whether it’s arguments with my wife, challenges with coworkers, or dealing with staff and employees, I find myself learning (often painfully) that there are many things I should just let slide. And the few times that I do, I am amazed by the outcome. I find things fixing themselves with no stress with it. Next time you want to shoot your mouth off, think again. It might be better to shut up.
27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Here’s something I’ve been thinking to myself:
Just cause you have a chance, doesn’t mean you have to take it.
Just cause you have a point, doesn’t mean you have to make it.