I Don't Care Who Hears What I Say
Many years ago, a wonderful friend of mine asked me what the smallest part of the body is. I
was very young and probably very stupid at the time. I responded with "Duh, a finger." He
commented to me, "No it's the tongue." He also said to me that although the tongue is the
smallest part of the body, it can do the most damage. I never forgot the conversation that I had
with him. Unfortunately he has since passed away and I miss him dearly. Even at 63 years old I
could sure use a lot more of his advice and teaching today.
Our words can really do some damage. Damage sometimes that can be life long.Sometimes we
don't even know what were doing. Maybe we just were never taught how to keep quiet. Kids and
adults can shoot their mouth off and think that they are being funny or that they're standing up
for themselves. In reality they may be doing more harm than good.
I was watching a baseball game very recently and watched one of the players go crazy over a
called third strike. This is a grown man. He had to be restrained by three other players and the
manager. Of course, he was thrown out of the game. He was also suspended for three games
right in the middle of a pennant race. I guess he really showed them. What a dope.
We also like to have laughs at someone else's expense. My philosophy is if we both aren't
laughing, it's not funny. Kids today have a real problem with behavior like this. They say things,
get a laugh and really hurt the feelings of another person. I don't even think that they are aware
of the fact that people are listening and not everyone is impressed with their wit. Plus, they are
creating a negative image of themselves in the minds of other people.
That wonderful friend of mine who talked to me about the tongue was also full of illustrations
and stories that were inspiring and instructional. He illustrated this societal problem with a true
story that I always refer to as the "Deaf Boy Story" and it is worth sharing here.
There were two boys who