Blessed are those with the gift of discretion – those select members of society who have the foresight to think before they utter their thoughts aloud. They carefully create the vision of syllables tumbling from their mouths in perfect synchronicity and follow through with eloquence and grace on their delivery. Their words are distinct and, most often, fraught with meaning. Their sentences have symmetry and structure and have been scrutinized at great length before being uttered. They leave no opportunity to say the wrong thing. In short – they think before they speak.
Because nature dictates balance in all things, there are also those who throw caution to the wind. They randomly spew the first words that enter their brain without giving them the benefit of being filtered through the proper sieve of political or even conventional correctness. The words are out there, hanging in the air like the particles of moisture in a dense fog. They become thick and difficult to navigate without inevitably crashing into an invisible concrete barrier. When the burning heat of embarrassment burns away the remnants of that fog, the orator stands alone with one foot firmly implanted in their mouth.
Having the wisdom to compose a thought before it is cast out to the point of no return is the key to not having the bitter aftertaste of ten-year old running shoes saturating your taste buds. Formulating a response with deliberation ensures that you are clear in what you want to say without being hurtful, cynical or idiotic. Knowing when to step back and think before you speak gives you an opportunity to sound thoughtful and articulate, without the aftermath of explanations and backtracking.
Unless you have a foot fetish, keep in mind that words are more appreciated when sentences are given a moment to take their proper form. Knowing what you want to say is decided in a second. Being able to control the outpouring of emotion and present those ideas properly is worth the extra ten seconds to avoid the taste of Nike mouthwash.