I just read in my Daily Bread devotionals this short poem about the merits of measuring our words penned years ago by an anonymous writer.
A wise old owl sat in an oak ;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
the less he spoke the more he heard;
why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
In my self-directed education leadership journey, being that “wise old bird” is a challenge. I am learning to use more my listening skills than my speaking ability.
Proverbs 10:19 says, “He who restrains his lips is wise.”
Authorsays “we are wise to be careful about what we say or how much we say in certain situations. It makes sense to guard our words when we are angry”.
“Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19).
Although there is a time to be quiet and a time to speak (Eccl. 3:7), choosing to speak less allows us to hear more.
What about you, do you guard your tongue and unleash your ears?