You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube
Here’s a story you might enjoy
One night in July at an all-girls summer camp, the campers were gathered around in a circle for their night-time devotions.
The counselor asked if any of the girls wanted to share something that had happened that day that impacted them.
One camper raised her hand and said a girl from another camp cabin had said something that hurt her feelings and she was really upset about it.
The camp counsellor went to the bathroom to grab a tube of toothpaste. She took the tube and squeezed it just a bit so some toothpaste came out. She then tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube, but it just created a mess.
Then she squeezed the tube even more, pushing more toothpaste out and creating even more of a mess, but none of it would go back into the tube.
The counsellor then told the campers, “this toothpaste represents the words you speak. Once you say something that you want to take back, it’s impossible and it only creates a mess.
Think before you speak, and make sure your words are going to good use before you let them out.”
Speaking is a fundamental social skill required for living a successful life. However, many are careless with their words, but they hold so much power. They can have a direct impact on the outcome of a situation, creating a helpful or hurtful reaction in our world.
The problem is, once words come out of your mouth, no amount of “I’m sorry” will make them go back in: blurting something out and then attempting to take it
back is like shutting the gate after the horse has taken off.
Thinking before you speak allows you the time to consider the potential impact of your words.
Be careful when choosing where and when you let your words out. You can easily hurt other people, and once you do, you can’t take it back. Think before you speak, and make sure your words are going to good use before you let them out. Words define who we are by revealing our attitudes and character, giving people an indication of our intellect or ignorance.
Stop for a minute before you speak and question yourself about why you’re saying what you are.
Are you trying to relay information? Relate to someone else? Make sure you’re able to take responsibility for whatever you’re about to say.
Today’s quote: “Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.”– Kushand Wizdom