She learns a hard lesson
One we have all had to learn. Sometimes it takes many times to get it. Sometimes we forget. Sometime we’re provoked, like Gisele.
While leaving the stadium after witnessing an extremely devastating loss by her husband, quarterback Tom Brady, she was mercilessly heckled by overjoyed Giants fans yelling, “Eli rules!” andl “Eli owns your husband! [Read more]
Finally she exploded, angrily defending her husband and unfortunately, slamming his receivers, putting the blame on them. A few simple words that set off a firestorm of outrage from Patriot fans and creating who knows what kinds of problems between her husband and his teammates. Talk about making things worse!
Now, she not only has her husband’s SB loss to depress her, she also has to defend her outburst—and there isn’t any way to do that. She wasn’t looking for trouble, she was PROVOKED! And at an extremely emotional moment! It doesn’t matter. Now the problem is hers.
This is why the wise learn to control their big mouths!
It’s why we were told constantly growing up to ALWAYS think before we SPEAK. The reason is because words are so powerful. Used the wrong way, they can be very dangerous. Everyone has those moments when they’ve gotten in trouble because in a moment when their guard was down, they blurted out something they regretted later. Words are like toothpaste, once they are out they can’t be put back in.
Who hasn’t been told at one time or another while growing up to “think before you speak?” It’s a great lesson to learn. It’s also a lesson that can be painful to learn.
The power of words can do incredible good or incredible damage.
The wrong comment at the wrong time can be like a drop of poison destroying a lifetime of hard work or a long term important relationship. In a moment, a few words can do irreparable damage.
On the other hand, the right word at the right time can be the saving grace that encourages someone at a critical point in their lives. At times of great triumph many have looked back over their lives and pointed back to a defining moment when they remembered that someone gave them some encouragement or inspiration.
The person doing the talking probably wouldn’t remember, but the one receiving the encouragement never forgot. A kind word, an encouraging word can change a person’s life. The right words can do so much good and even be life saving.
The Bible has a lot to say about the subject:
- There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing. —Proverbs 12:17-19
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:20-22
- He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles. —Proverbs 21:22-24
- If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. —James 1:25-27
- The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. —Proverbs 15:1-3
Even the most attractive person is capable of releasing a torrent of ugly words, and once they are out, they can do amazing damage. That’s the reason the wise control their tongues. It’s one of the most important things you can do for a successful life!