Restraint

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I am learning that restraint is a virtue. I don’t always remember it is, but through repetition and practice I’m getting better.

Some synonyms of restraint are: moderation, prudence, self-control, judiciousness and discipline. I find these all to be good character qualities.

Today I contemplate restraint of pen and tongue. Today I practice pause, thought and choice. I must remember words are things. Words have power. Words should be chosen carefully.

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6 thoughts on “Restraint

  1. I often restrain myself from posting about some political events along with private life details. I feel it’s self protection.

  2. ‘In vino veritas’ – so true and also scary, not necessarily about what is perceived as ‘truth’ but rather because the one who is drunk (or just tipsy) has less restraint about what s/he says – and that can be very hurtful indeed.

  3. Agreed. If there’s something I want to get off my chest, and I know it may piss people off, I give myself a 24-hour waiting period to think before posting.

    I sometimes wish I could do that with Twitter, but it’s easier said than done. Especially in 140 characters or less.

  4. It took me a long time to learn restraint. It will always be a bit of a struggle. Remaining aware of the power of words is essential. There is a song lyric, “words, they can hurt, they can heal.”

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