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Angel of SilenceYou know, sometimes life just keeps coming, pelting you with challenges and disappointments. I envy people who seem to weather every storm with a smiling good grace.

Unfortunately, I’m not always one of them. I try to be. And certainly I’ve walked through some tough situations with my faith and dignity intact.

But not always. Sometimes I just want to stamp my feet and give someone a piece of my mind. You know, tell them things about themselves they really ought to know but which other people are too afraid to articulate.

Hmmm, I wonder why those other people are afraid to speak the truth. Is it really the truth? Or is it just my perception?

There was a time in my life when I was so sure I was RIGHT that I just had to set people straight. And I did, loudly and indelicately. Which got me into a lot of trouble. A lot of times.

Today it isn’t so much about being right for me. Today it’s about realizing that each of us has unique perceptions, unique memories, our own version of “the truth.” Who am I to insist that my memory is better than yours? Does it really matter?

Today, I have learned to think before I speak. And often, after thinking about it, I choose to say nothing. For me, there is power in silence, power in taking a step back and looking at someone else’s perspective, and power in silently disagreeing if I so chose.

Today I trust that Spirit will deliver the right messages to the people to need them.

Sometimes saying nothing at all communicates everything.

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