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Are You a Slave of Your Words?

Are You a Slave of Your Words?

People around us may be lacking something, but it doesn't mean it is our job to point this out to everyone. If you can't speak well of someone, rather don't say anything.

Robin Nash
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Once upon a time an old man spread rumors that his neighbor was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After been released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court the old man told the Judge: "They were just comments, I didn't intend to harm anyone...."

The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: "Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence."

The next day, the judge told the old man: "Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday."

The old man said: "I can't do that! The wind spread them and I won't know where to find them."

The judge then replied: "The same way, simple comments may destroy the  honor of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it."

Let's all be masters of our mouths, so that we won't be slaves of our words. Its others' business to deal with how they look, how they speak, with their attitude and whether they are rich or not. You may think that there is something wrong in some of these areas, but that doesn't mean we have to speak about it. People around us may be lacking something, but it doesn't mean it is our job to point this out to everyone. If you can't speak well of someone, rather don't say anything. 

Also check a story explaining 'Triple Filter' test from the life of famous Socrates.


Image: Dee photography on flickr.com

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Shaun Dart Audit Director, Big4

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

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