Commentary

August 1, 2014

Chaplain’s Thoughts

Chaplain (Maj.) Larry Fowler

Winston Churchill

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

~ Winston Churchill

Knowing when to speak and when to be silent is a challenging part of our lives. We have to be able to parse out the situation; we must perform the mental calculus of weighing a myriad of factors including our status, responsibility, and our moral and ethical obligations to the players involved.

Having the ability, the knack, to speak or be quiet at the right time is a skill that can be difficult to develop. It is difficult because we tend to veer off in one extreme or the other. Either we speak too quickly and find ourselves insulting, or intrude into a situation well out of our lane, or we are silent and we find ourselves regretting our failure to speak. Either extreme can hinder our effectiveness as leaders both personally and professionally.

Our relationships with coworkers and family members can be adversely affected by our speaking or failing to speak at the right time. The first step toward healing strained relationships is often a sincere apology.

Blessings from Above …

 

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