Wisdom From The Animals: Day 8
Opie is my daughter’s pet velveteen rabbit. He is a sweet boy and one of the most delightful qualities about him, besides the fact that he is so soft, is that he doesn’t make a sound. In a house filled with people and pets, Opie quickly becomes the favorite because he is so quiet. Opie’s silence is golden.
Do you remember the late 1970s commercial for E.F. Hutton? The punchline for the commercial was “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Everyone in the commercial would instantly stop speaking in order to hear what he had to say. His words were important.
“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.” Proverbs 17:27-28
Sometimes I babble. I talk too much and I’m only making noise. But I’ve noticed that when I choose to refrain from talking, I become a better listener and that the words I do choose to speak are more careful and thoughtful.
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