“From listening comes wisdom and from speaking, repentance.” -Wisdom Proverb
This is a great proverb but I am unsure it is completely accurate. Wisdom tells us that a wise person is known by their few words but what it doesn’t teach is sometimes silence offends the talkative. There have been numerous instances when I have had to explain to those not practiced in the discipline of contemplation that my silence does not indicate anger, resentment, boredom, lack of enthusiasm, not willing to be a team member, dislike or other negative assumptions.
We live in a world where non-stop chatter is preferred over well chosen and examined reflection. Still, I would rather have to explain a habit of silence than an undisciplined tongue.