My wife often makes fun of me when I stumble while walking. Apparently, I do not have the highest stepping gait and fail to clear the obstacles in my path. I have yet to hit my face or go down to my knees, but I do occasionally come away looking like a baby giraffe. It could be worse…
Better to trip with the feet than with the tongue. -Zeno
For all the strides I make in wisdom, I have yet mastered control of the tongue. Poor attempts at humor have landed me in hot water more times than I can remember. Throwing little verbal jabs at others have hit their mark so well that I come away as a hot-headed fool. The amount of times I have tripped with my feet cannot even compare to the amount of times I have tripped with the tongue.
Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.Proverbs 29:20
Shakespeare said, “Go wisely and slowly, lest you rush, stumble, and fall.” This goes well beyond walking. The application of these words is wide-ranging. For me, it is best if I apply them first to my words. Nothing good comes from tripping with the tongue.