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: http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-714/
Your prompt is: Tongue.
Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.