Grace of Silence

I came across the phrase “grace of silence” this weekend and it has stayed with me.

We all experience times when we are tempted to lash out with our tongues but think better of it. That is the grace of silence, and it is an art.

An art that doesn’t require a particular talent but does require a strong will and improves with practice. We practice so that we don’t poison the atmosphere for our neighbors with complaining, finding fault, or gossip. We practice so we don’t mar our own peace without benefiting others. We practice so that we save our voice for praise and thanksgiving.

Pause today when someone tries to draw you into saying something disagreeable about your neighbor to practice the art called the “Grace of Silence.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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