“The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.”
Anyone with children over the age of 4 can attest to the proverb above. The first story isn’t always the right story.
Foolishness loves being first;
and Rashness is remiss,
But, Wisdom waits;
and Prudence is patient.
Everyday at 8:55am a little reminder pops up on my iPhone. It reminds me that I will probably be doing a lot of talking today and I should be mindful of what I say. It reads;
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3)
Hundreds of words will be uttered from my mouth. As a leader, my words carry influence and authority. They have consequences. Therefore, I need a reminder to watch what I say.
I prefer wisdom over foolishness and prudence over rashness.
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge,
and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise;
when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain