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.”