The one who guards his mouth protects his life;
the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin.
For someone who is gregarious, friendly and talkative this is a difficult principle to learn. The truth of it, however, is profound. Communication is irreversible. What is said becomes history and cannot be erased. There are no ‘words to eat’ if you keep your mouth shut. Just as words spoken cannot be unspoken, words not spoken simply don’t exist and require no explanation or apology. Our thoughts take life through our words. An unspoken thought exists only in the mind and, truly, some thoughts are simply better off left for dead in our heads than enlivened through our lips. Teach me to guard my thoughts and control my tongue.