Words from Dic(tionary)
Aloud: (adv.) audibly, not silently
Seems like a simple enough word. But really, it may be at the center of true maturity and sanity.
When should we be silent? And when should we speak out–aloud?
There’s a standing joke in the human race: “Did I actually say that out loud?”
Especially with so many people finding themselves needing to apologize for things they have shared in a moment of candor, which they desperately regret as they are threatened with the loss of their occupation or reputation.
What should be aloud? What should be shouted from the housetop, whispered in the bedroom, or swallowed along with our pride?
Honestly, I’m working on that, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
1. If it’s the truth and it makes people stronger, go aloud.
You notice, I didn’t just say “the truth.” There are truths that the world is not ready to hear just yet.
2. If it pops into your mind and encourages someone, even if it seems silly, go aloud.
There is no such thing as a foolish sentiment. There is such a thing as regretting not sharing.
3. If it can be spoken aloud, challenged and you as a person can grow through the experience with new knowledge, then by all means do so.
But remember, when you go aloud, be prepared to be silenced by wisdom.
4. If it’s going to save somebody from disaster, take the chance and go aloud.
I do not think it’s polite to remain silent when someone’s about to fall off the cliff, just so you won’t startle their sensibility.
Yes, it’s an art form–when to be silent and when to go aloud.
But you can certainly be noisier if you have a spirit … which can be quieted by reason.