After watching with concerned interest and persistent care many press conferences and such since Mid March, I became aware that I had enough knowledge and irritation.
While taking a break from the public media and messaging challenges, such a decision also offers reprieve from much.
A wise person wrote in Proverbs 26:21 “Just as charcoal and wood keep a fire going, a quarrelsome person keeps an argument going” Quarrelsome persons and their banter only fuel the fire.
Such sessions tire and irritate.
When I found myself talking and even hollering at the TV, the realization that I had become a fool much like the persons on the screen.
The decision to take a break to focus on the positive persons and messages in my world meant that I didn’t add fuel to the fire.
By bellowing to the TV, I was going against a golden nugget of wisdom etched in eternity when the sage wrote in Proverbs 26:4 “Don’t answer fools when they speak foolishly, or you will be just like them”
I had become a fool.
Enough is enough!
The following prayer written by William Barclays about 50 years ago echoes perennial wisdom.
“O Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance, admits its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice, accepts rebuke.”
“Help us always to praise rather than to criticize, to sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy, and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.”