Sometimes it is best to be quiet

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Sometimes it is best to be quiet

“A fool is considered wise if he keeps quiet”


I believe that people should stand up and speak up for what they believe in. I do so each week through my articles and my talk shows. Sometimes though, it is best to be quiet on certain things especially if you do not have all facts. Too many times, some of us are too quick and we feel must respond immediately to what we hear or read. Unfortunately, when you say something and you realize it was a mistake, it is difficult to retract because people tend to believe whatever you say first.

Even if you did not make a mistake, sometimes your response complicates matters worse and you end up putting your feet in your mouth. Therefore, think before you talk and ask yourself if you say something, what impact will it have on the issue.

When should you be quiet?

I know you may be wondering when you should be quiet. I am not an expert, but I do know there is a time and place for everything. Sometimes, we overhear conversations, and we don’t know the background about what you hear. In this case, we should be quiet about what you overheard as it may not be the whole story. However, some of us are so quick, we run with what we heard and spread it to others. This is how gossiping starts and gossiping is a serious issue.

Sometimes we read something, and we believe it is truth and so we say something about it. No matter what someone put in the public domain, do your research first before you say something. There are two sides to a story and sometimes there are three sides to a story.

Sometimes people will attack you and so you respond because you want to clarify what they say. Sometimes these individuals who attack you are using fictitious names and you believe you know who they are and so you call them out. Personally, I don’t think you should respond because what will happen is, it will be a continuous attack each time you respond. The best response is to ignore them and do what is right.

There are also some things or conversations that are none of our business but sometimes we get involve in other people business. We must learn to be quiet and stay out of people business.

If you are just going to say something just to say something and no action, it is best to be quiet.

If you don’t know anything about the subject, it is best to be quiet because based on your response, people will know that you don’t know what you are talking about


Proverbs 17:28 stated “even a fool is considered wise if he keeps silent, and discerning when he holds his tongue. Even though I talk and write a lot, but there are some conversations and issues, I simply decide to be silent even though my mouth itches to say something. Now there are some national issues that we must open our mouths and speak out against because silence may mean consent or silence may mean you don’t care.

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