Sometimes words come too easy, and other times they are hard to find.

When they come too easy, they can hold the door open for trouble to float right in behind. Speaking when frustrated can be cathartic, but can also stir emotions and hurts that have been hiding.

When words are hard to find, fear is often blocking the door, laughing while holding it closed to keep a process from moving forward.

Things I am learning as I ponder words and how they are received:

  • Pause before speaking, even for a moment
  • Take notes on what was said
  • Clarify if needed, ask questions
  • Take a breath, then exhale

Things I am learning for/about myself:

  • I have work to do
  • Ask more questions
  • Help others discover the answer, don’t give it to them
  • Teach others to learn, to ask, to be curuous

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger”
James 1:19 ESV