Delwyn awarded me the “Honest Scrap” award with a request to write 10 honest things about myself.
OK. Let’s start with this. I have learned that what I say or write can have impacts larger than I imagine.
Because of this awareness, I practice “wise speech” to the best of my limited ability. It’s hard.
- In all honesty, I have to restrain the impulse at times to shade the truth. Whenever I catch myself in the act of speaking falsely, I correct myself.
- I fight the impulse to omit important facts with intent to deceive. When I catch myself intending to deceive someone this way, I either tell it like it is or I simply restrain myself from talking.
- I think carefully now when deciding what to say and—just as important—what NOT to say.
- The impulse to engage in gossip persists. When it’s really hard to keep my mouth closed, I push up my tongue—HARD—up against the roof of my mouth. I keep pushing until the urge to say something harmful fades away sufficiently that I can relax my tongue.
- I sometimes engage in idle chatter. A great deal of what I say is just that old wind bag, Mr. Ego, talking.
- I swear at home, sometimes, especially if there’s no one to hear my oaths but my cat.
- I communicate better when I concentrate on listening. If I can manage to keep what I have to say to a minimum, my words have more effect.
- I have a hard time keeping dark theories (conspiracy and doomsday) to myself. I annoy people when I get going on these topics, so I try to keep my mouth closed. Whatever "preaching" I've done on these topics has, as far as I know, converted no one. This sort of speech is worse than halitosis.
And, that’s 8, not 10, honest things about me. To continue would be idle chatter.