When silence is wisdom

21 04 2015

“Class is knowing what to say, when to say it, and when to stop” ~Anonymous

Knowing what to say means having enough experience to add some words of wisdom to some behavior, situation, attitude or process.  Knowing when to say it is a bit trickier.  In some situations, your words of wisdom might be perceived as “piling on” or an “I told you so”.  If you told someone that behavior A would result in outcome B, and they do it anyway, do they really want to be reminded that you warned them about it?  Let the sting of that behavior fade without comment.  There’s no sense in beating a dead horse.  They know you said it, and it shows real class an d maturity not to rub it in.  The next time you warn them about what might happen, rest assured they’ll listen a little bit more to your words of wisdom, and they may even ask you to elaborate, so they can avoid a negative outcome.

We’re born with one mouth and 2 ears.  We should use them in a similar ratio.  Once you’ve passed on the words of wisdom, know when to stop.


Speaking of (first) class…


Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com




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