Article: Spotlight: Words: Courage

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Image Spotlight: Words
By Sharon Brown on February 23, 2014

Something to think about.

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Imagevic
Feb 23, 2014 5:37 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
So true and sometimes I think the second one is most difficult Whistling

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Imagenap
Feb 23, 2014 7:05 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
It seems folks are either good at one, or the other, but not both. We are either speakers, or listeners. So courage comes to each of us in an individual way. Yes?
ImageSharon
Feb 23, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I gave this one a lot of thought before I hit the publish button.

Can we sit back with our mouths shut when we see someone denigrating a child with hurtful words, or denigrating a person or an animal? I can't and I don't think you can either.

But what I think it means is that we have to learn to gently say our words and allow another to say his words as well, without interrupting him even if we know he's wrong. In other words, state your beliefs and allow others to do the same.

The most important part is to be able to do both in a non-confrontational way.

So maybe we all have both abilities. We just need to learn to use them at the appropriate time.
ImageZanymuse
Feb 23, 2014 12:20 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Quoting:Can we sit back with our mouths shut when we see someone denigrating a child with hurtful words, or denigrating a person or an animal?


I find it does take courage to speak up in such circumstances. I hope I can show that courage whenever it is required of me.

The second part seems to require more strength and my tongue is frequently sore from biting it so that my ears can hear and my mind can absorb the words of another person who contradicts my thoughts and opinions. It is even harder, if their words are true and I must alter my opinion and utter those hardest words of all...I was wrong...you were right.
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Imagenap
Feb 23, 2014 12:20 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Makes sense. Smiling
ImageSharon
Feb 23, 2014 12:42 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
It's a matter of sifting the chaff from the grain.
Choosing your battles maybe.
Choosing to keep what's important from what you've heard and letting the unnecessary words go with the wind.

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