Not every thought needs to become a spoken word. Not every feeling needs to become an action. Sometimes I need to just keep quiet. If my words will seem harsh—if they will ridicule, judge, or critique—I won’t say them. If they will be unkind, I will be kind and leave them unsaid. If I have an opinion (or advice) that hasn’t been asked for, I will keep it to myself. If it’s not an objective fact, I won’t present it; if it’s not a truth, I won’t spread it; if it’s not mine to discuss, I won’t discuss it. If I don’t want to know or don’t need to know—and if I cannot or should not do anything about it—then I will not ask about it. If I’m mad, I don’t need to yell it; if I’m resentful, I don’t need to prove it; if I’m hurting, I don’t need to hurt someone back. I need to think before I speak or act. Mostly, I just need to zip it.
A closed mouth gathers no foot.
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation