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Open mouth, insert foot, chew vigorously...

Monday, January 30, 2012

I found this photo floating around on facebook the other day:

It is such a good practice for me to remember. It's so much easier to filter the thoughts before they're released than once they're out there and the damage has been done. It's when I'm being self-centered instead of other-centered that I end up putting my foot in my mouth or saying something that could cause more harm than good. I saw a Confucius quote a while back that has stuck with me (although I frequently forget to follow its suggestion): "Best way to save face, keep lower half shut."

May I better practice right speech. May I think before I speak.
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    Great sentiments I also try to hold to -- like any other 'muscle' it seems the more used, the more readily the practice comes...

    1974 days ago
    My conscious bothered me about send a message via facebook that I'd seen his wife's picture in "Bad and Busted" (a weekly newspaper that shows who all's been arrested and for what with their mug shots; I look through it when I see one for very cheap entertainment) and was sending prayers their way. Her brother recently passed away suddenly and I'm not sure if the bust was before or after. The next day I sent him an email apologizing and that I felt it was out of line. He hasn't responded to either one, which I don't take as good or bad.

    I definitely don't think I'll ever perfect it, but at least an awareness would help.
    1974 days ago
    Wonderful quote - if I remember correctly it has an Arabic origin.
    1974 days ago
    Well, if you said something to me that caused more harm than good I'd be okay with it.
    I'd probably tell you, and we're both adults; so, no biggie.
    My thoughts are, nobody is perfect and can say the perfect stuff every time they open their mouth.
    Love -you-.

    However, I don't want to dismiss you or your goal here.
    If this is something that you feel you need to work on, then by all means, of course, I wish you well with it my friend.

    I mean, I'm sure I need to work on it too.
    I do suffer from diarrhea of the mouth sometimes.
    1974 days ago
  • LPETRO119
    What a good reminder! I am often guilty of inserting my foot in mouth - gets me into lots of trouble! I also tend to be a real slow learner on this one.
    1974 days ago
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