He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.Proverbs 17:27
The sparing of words and a calm spirit. I wish I could say this is me. But alas, it is not. Too many times I have spewed out words like the breaking of a dam. And every single time, I have later regretted it. And though, I strive for a calm spirit, the mastery over my emotions has been a lifetime battle.
Should I exclaim, “Woe is me,” having neither knowledge nor understanding? Not yet. All is not lost. I realize my shortcomings. Now, I must continue to practice. Practice—what I need to master both tongue and spirit.
Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.Proverbs 17:28
A coworker once told me the reason he doesn’t speak much. When I first posed this question to him when he was a still a teenager, he gave me this profound answer, “I don’t want to sound like an idiot.” His words echoed of ancient wisdom. He is no fool that keeps his mouth shut. So much I have yet to learn!