Sometimes things happen that we don’t agree with or like.
We may even get blamed for them when we didn’t do anything wrong.
At times like these, there comes up inside of us a strong visceral feeling to speak up and out — to right the wrongs!
There are times when we can, but there are also times when it may be better to hold our tongue for another day.
In the olden times, people that spoke out, often had their tongue cut right out in front of them — no questions asked.
These days, thank G-d, most people may not be that cruel, but still people get punished for speaking truth to power — when the power is tone deaf or possibly even behaving more as brutal dictators than as benevolent leaders.
The problem for the average Joe is that there is no point in losing your tongue or even your head by acting rashly or imprudently.
Better to wait and plan for the right moment to be effective and stand with integrity for your ideals and what you know in your heart is right.
Maybe even at times, we have to fall on our swords until we can make a strong and convincing case and change both hearts and minds to betterment.
The point is not only to do what’s right, but to make things right in the world around us.
Swords too often can come out swinging wildly, unless we carefully sharpen them and practice our lunges and cuts, and work to repair the wrongs in the world as soldiers of righteousness. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)