2018-02-06 - Small Vocabularies
I recently heard that the Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters. Richard and I had visited there twice, but I didn’t notice it, either of those times, and I admit that I was skeptical. So I did some research for myself. It turns out that is accurate! The more I have thought about this, the more I have been amazed that they can say the same things we do, but with fewer than half the letters.
That set my mind on a train of thought that led me to ponder that we often say much more than we need to, and much more than we should. I have been nicknamed “The Diplomat” at one workplace, as well as the “wordsmith” and “the lady who can get along with anyone” at another. But I, too, say things that would be better left unsaid, or perhaps would be best said more succinctly.
With that reminder, I made an inner promise to myself, to try to be more discriminating with my words. That word “discriminating” is not racist and is instead positive in this situation; look it up, if you doubt. :D
Every day, one of my prayers is that God will help me to live out this verse:
James 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger.
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