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- Are you more likely to tell it like it is, or to hold your tongue? See all answers
- January 22, 2012 by isabellakai
- Keeping Silent
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence." -Xenocrates-
I believe in freedom of speech, in speaking what’s on your mind and screw the consequences. We’re living on a free world where we’re entitled to our own opinion and we have the right to voice them out. But there are times when you need to hold your tongue and exercise silence. There are moments when you have to resist blurting out your thoughts, when you have to wait for things to uncover without voicing a single comment or uttering a protest. Sometimes emotions run too high it’s wiser to say nothing. Often we don’t stop to consider words and before we know it we say the wrong things. We all know there’s no way of retrieving the bullet once it’s fired. The damage will be done and there’s no other way around it.
Words wound deeper than actions. Flesh wounds heal with time but emotional wounds cut by words will forever be etched on your mind, bleeding you from the inside. And there’s no cure for that.
In keeping silent we often find peace. We don’t need to always speak out to prove a point. True, people won’t understand if you don’t say anything but if they can’t figure it out on their own what’s the point in saying? It’s enough knowing at least one person knows and believes. Keeping silent is less tiring than constant arguing. Silence is a good teacher. We can’t point out every little thing. We can guide, observe and encourage. Lessons learned as you realize them on your own have a greater impact and better learned than lessons pounded on your head. We grow as we learn and we learn through experience. You can’t have experience if every damn thing is outlined for you.