Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Do not be quick with your mouth

I was at a most enjoyable medical social function yesterday. I hadn't met the guy sitting next to me before and asked what sort of doctor he was (I knew what I meant).  He told me that he wasn't a doctor but his wife was a Consultant (with a very capital C). As we continued our chit-chat he made a few obliquely disparaging remarks about general  practitioners (in lower case of course).  I can't remember at what point I told him I was a GP (capitals!!), but there wasn't much chat after that.

How much we all need to be reminded of the words of the old 'Teacher' who compiled the enigmatic Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. With the help of our associate pastor Martin Salter we have been looking at this teaching over the last few Sunday evenings. Martin spoke helpfully from chapter 5, a salutary section of scripture.
Do not be quick with your mouth,
    do not be hasty in your heart
    to utter anything before God.
God is in heaven
    and you are on earth,
    so let your words be few.

I'm reminded again of habit number 5 in Seven habits of highly effective people 
Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Foot in mouth syndrome is indeed epidemic.
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