Day 64: Be blessed
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows.
David laments about those who have spread slanderous messages of him and who try to intimidate him by the choice of words.
We’ve all heard the old adage, “If you can’t find anything nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” In a recent article for Salon.com, Lauren Frey Daisley tried to follow that advice for one month. She titled the article “My month of no snark.” (“Snark” is a slang word that combines “snide” and “remark” and refers to sarcastic comments.)
Daisley writes: “It started when my husband, baby and I drove away from a visit with my aunt, who has Stage 4 breast cancer. I thought back on the 30-some years I’ve known her. I have never once in all that time heard her say anything unkind. Not even in the subtext of her words. That’s one [heck]—or, in this case, heaven—of a legacy…. I began to wonder, how would holding my tongue—or at least changing what came off it—alter my relationships?”
That’s when she began her “month-long campaign” to practice kindness in her speech. Daisley discovered that it’s not easy to live without snark. Instead, she wrote, “It’s so much cooler to be more sarcastic …. It says, I am so above this scene—above other people, even.”
After her month-long experiment she concluded, “Kindness [of speech] doesn’t have to imply repression. It doesn’t rein in humour or impede the fight for justice. But it does require discipline and substantive engagement with others.”
Lauren Frey Daisley, “My month of no snark,” Salon.com (3-28-11)
Maybe everyone reading this has experienced the sharpened tongue from a person at work, in the family, neighbourhood or church. Bring the experience to God as David did. At the same time resolve to hold your own tongue towards others. It is the way to remain blessed!