SoCS – Slip of the Tongue


One slip of the tongue. That’s all it takes for our world to be turned upside down. Without thinking, we let our words flow like rivers. Once the river flows over the embankment, there is no taking it back. What’s done is done.

We let emotions lead us into making statements that we would never make under any other circumstance. They say (whoever they are) that there is always an ounce of truth in everything we say. That slip of the tongue that you try so diligently to back peddle away from; most likely there’s truth in it.

We can try to back peddle with all our might, but the hearer has already heard all they need to hear. Those words, that ounce of truth that you spoke, is now in their mind to stay. There’s nothing you can do to change it. What’s said is said.

That is why we must be slow to speak. Always think about what the consequences may be from what you’re about to say. Will your words be helpful or harmful? If they’re harmful, hold onto them until the temptation to let them fly has passed.

Without question, you’ll appreciate your act of self control.

Listen more, speak less.

“The tongue has no bones, but it’s strong enough to break a heart.” ~ unknown

This post is part of SoCS:ย

Your prompt is: Tongue.

Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what youโ€™re going to write.


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16 Responses to SoCS – Slip of the Tongue

  1. Doobster418 says:

    I’ve had more than my fair share of destructive slips of the tongue in my life. You’re right. Once said, it can’t be unsaid.


  2. Sammy D. says:

    Yes, sometimes our impulse gets ys in trouble. Great ending wuote.


  3. tric says:

    My sister had a very sharp, cruel tongue as a teenager. I was younger and ever since have remembered “you cannot take it back”, so I tend to walk away if I am too cross.


  4. LindaGHill says:

    So true! I think it happens to all of us, once in a while. I can remember many times wanting to take something back.. .and I’m usually good at thinking before I speak!
    Thanks for the reminder, and for joining in! ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. Great post. You are right, we need to think before we open our mouth. No reason to hurt other souls ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. April says:

    Wonderful words! It has taken me many years to learn to control my impulse to let what was on my mind out, before thinking about the consequences. I love that quote.


    • mewhoami says:

      Thank you, April. It is a hard thing to control. It sometimes takes suffering the consequences, to teach us to think before we speak. That’s how it was for me, over and over again. I still fail sometimes.


  7. I think these skills only come with age great post.


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