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Ancient wisdom for today (30)

August 30th 2012, Day 30, Proverbs 30

“If you’re dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people and making rude gestures, don’t be surprised if someone bloodies your nose. Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights.” Proverbs 30:32-33 (The Message)

There are some wonderful proverbs in the section I read on this day in the month but, taking the advice from the one I’ve quoted above, I shan’t comment on them, beyond commending the whole of Proverbs 30 to you.

And there-in lies the problem with having an opinion, or a view on things – the chances are that someone, somewhere will not agree with your perspective.

Even so, if you have taken the time to build decent relationship with someone and are thoughtful in the way you speak with them you may be able to create a safe environment for some to pay the price to receive your advice.

On the other hand, as today’s proverb spells out pretty bluntly, if you are deliberately rude and provocative in your approach it’s very likely the person you’re speaking with is likely to feel like they’re being attacked rather than helped.