A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.
– Proverbs 18:2
Two Ears, One Mouth
Just a few days ago I was at a meeting where someone brought up the old saying about having two ears and one mouth for a reason. That is, so that we can listen way more than we speak.
The same point is made here in Proverbs 18:22. We need to listen in order to have the wisdom to know how to speak.
Those who are mostly interested in voicing their own opinions lose many valuable opportunities to learn from those around them.
Consequently, their opinions might not be as valuable as they think they are.
Loving the Sound of Your Own Voice
When you love the sound of your own voice too much, you might think you are doing the world a favour by talking. And maybe you do have important things to say.
But don’t forget to listen! It is entirely possible that other people have important things to teach you, too.
So remember the ratio. Listen. Listen. Then speak.
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