Bite Your Tongue


Sally had a nasty little habit. What was once a cutesy form of entertainment had become the pebble in everyone’s shoe. Sally had a tendency to speak her mind – all the time – about every subject.

When she was younger, her beautiful bright eyes and charming smile took the sting out of her brutal honesty. As she grew older, charm gave way to venom, but she didn’t care. The way she saw it, if somebody got their feelings hurt by something she said, that was their problem, definitely not hers.

By the time she turned sixteen, her mother constantly told her to bite her tongue, but she never did. One day, she said the wrong things to the wrong person and drastically changed her life for the worse.

Like Sally, I think many of us have nasty little habits with our tongues. Maybe we’re conversation dominators who are so busy talking about our lives and our problems that we can’t begin to hear our friends share what’s going on in their lives. Perhaps we have a knack for telling everyone else’s business and not minding our own. It could be that we say the first thing that comes to mind without bothering to weigh our words or consider the type of effect those words will have on others.

Regardless of our habit, we’ll need to take the advice of Sally’s mother and bite our tongues – whether by choice or by force. Our friends may leave because they believe we’re only concerned about ourselves; people might begin to avoid us entirely for fear that we can’t be trusted to keep their secrets; or we may discover how it feels to fall victim of someone else’s careless speech.

One thing is certain, the sooner we learn to bite our tongues, the easier we’ll be at getting along.

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