Talking comes by nature; silence by wisdom.
Silence has so much meaning.
– Native American Indian Proverbs
Whilst thinking about this week’s wisdom, I started to think how often people get upset over others’ remarks. Time and again, people take offence at comments like:
“Don’t you eat a lot.”
“That’s planning ahead!”
“We all know you married him for his money.”
These things are often said out of a lack of understanding, jealousy or perhaps, even to get a reaction. They might even be said to incite support for a personal attack on you. Whatever the motive, do you use the wisdom of silence, that the Native American proverb alludes to, or do you contradict, reason or even agree in a good-natured way?
Do you find you have to explain your feelings to others, or justify yourself and your actions?
As the proverb says, silence has so much meaning, and wisdom.
When a relative complains that you are, “always taking holidays,” do you normally argue, or agree with them and say, “yep, I love holidays.”
When someone says, “you sure are wasting money on that jet ski.” Do you start to explain yourself, get angry, or say, “Yeh, I hate cheap jet skis.”
Do you allow yourself to be upset over people’s remarks?
Only little people make nasty remarks and only little people take offence. Be a big person
– Andrew Matthews
I welcome your thoughts and invite you to share your perspective by leaving a comment, on your interpretation of the proverb.
Are the sayings relevant in your life?
Everyone’s opinion is important. What is yours?