you ever tell yourself to shut up?

A few months ago, I met these awesome twin pastors and in a sermon, one of them said he tried to only say what was necessary one day and found himself having to be very quiet. It made me think about how much we say. How many words and ideas and opinions come out of our mouths. How much of it is necessary or even relevant? How much of it reflects the type of person we want to be?

In analyzing myself, I’ve noticed how much I give my opinion. Without request. “There it is, I’ll give it to you.” While I appreciate the boldness, albeit blind, and openness of it, I’m just one person of nearly seven billion. I certainly don’t want to know everyone’s opinion on everything because…I don’t care. And, in most cases, unless someone asks me, they don’t care about mine.


I need to humble myself. In fact, I’m about to. I’m going to see what happens when I focus on only saying what’s necessary. If it doesn’t improve upon silence, must it be said?

Enter the silence.

October 13, 2011 | filed under consider this, pay attention 


4 Responses to “you ever tell yourself to shut up?”

  1. Travis Hellstrom on October 14th, 2011 1:19 am

    This is a great practice. Learning Mongolian and being a Peace Corps Volunteer, sometimes I would go a whole day and only say one sentence. : ) Buddha has a great quote, along with his teaching of noble silence, which goes, “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” and sometimes I think a smile is even better. : )

    Great post!

  2. Leandra on October 14th, 2011 1:32 am

    One sentence?! I imagine that was tough. Did you find yourself speaking less once you returned to the States?

    It’s definitely challenging me, but I’m going to stay at it til I’ve reached a comfortable point. 🙂

    Thanks for reading.

  3. Brown Babe on October 14th, 2011 1:39 pm

    I am a woman of very little words, learning really early on how powerful words are. I speak (and write) very deliberately and self sensor quite a bit…but oh if folks were only privy to what was going on in my head! LOL

  4. The Seventh District on October 25th, 2011 8:50 am

    This is such a blessing right now! Thank you for sharing this. Only speaking what’s necessary from here on out!

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