As always, Abraham Lincoln, whom some believe was America's finest president, says much in as few of words as possible. This quote especially resonated within me as I think of my own words. Unfortunately, I've said many things, too many, that produced no good. In fact, they frequently caused harm.
Why don't I learn to keep my mouth shut when the urge to say something unkind arises? I'm afraid the answer is very simple: I want to hurt the person to whom my pernicious words were targeted.
Likewise, why do I feel it necessary to respond when someone says unkind to me? Returning unkindness with unkindness gives only a fleeting satisfaction, if that. But, like so many things in life, I have dug a rut from which it's hard to extricate myself.
This I know for sure: producing good with words is a choice.