Thursday, July 8, 2010

Say What You Mean & Mean What You Say

As probably most of you out there will know, I am a straight shooter.  If the truth needs to be told, I will give it to you.  My wife, can attest to this.  When we first got married, I use to always tell her, "say what you mean and mean what you say".  I use to say it because I am not a mind reader and if you say something but really mean something else that is not my fault.  Say what you mean and mean what you say.

This leads me to the world of ever changing politics.  Well, you know what, not even politics, but rather those in high profile positions.  Lately, it seems that people have been saying a bunch of things that "they did not mean to say".  Folks are apologizing all over the air waves for something they said.  So, let's look at this a little further.

As we all know there is power in the tongue and left unchecked it can cause some serious damage, however, the tongue only says what is really in your heart.  There is a saying that says, "what's in you will eventually come out of you" and if it came out, you meant to say it! One of the most irritating thing to see now-a-days is to see folks apologizing for something they said because they risked backlash and/or tarnished careers.

Don't get me wrong, I do not defend any one who spews utter none sense, but at least I understand where they are coming from when they say it unapologetically.  When someone makes a comment that causes a stir, don't apologize because you were heard saying it or because it may hurt your career.  Either stand by what you said or genuinely apologize (I do believe there are honest mistakes) and offer no excuse like "what I meant to say was.....".   When you say, "what I meant to say..." you are really telling me, you are not sorry you did it, just sorry you got caught.  In addition you wish to douse some of the flames surrounding your recent comment.

James 1:8 says, that "...a double-minded man, unstable in all he does".  If you are saying one thing and your actions are doing another, you definitely worry me.  Get it together.  Say what you mean and mean what you say. 


Antoine E. Hall


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