Thinking Out Loud

No one can stop thinking. Nor does he need to. The demand is to give thought intelligent direction and to refrain from broadcasting it on every provocation. For if "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver," it is equally true that "whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles."

The discreet man ordinarily says little to others about his plans and ambitions. Leaning on divine intelligence and resorting to tested experience, he formulates his program, puts it into execution, and accomplishes his purpose before friends have an opportunity to darken counsel by words without knowledge. There may be no more involved than a vacation or a trip to the metropolis. Whatever the venture, there are sure to be those at hand, with the best of intentions, eager to press their notions and opinions as to the best course to pursue. Moreover, impersonal evil, in common parlance the devil, has a clever fashion of putting obstacles in the way the moment a project is announced.

September 12, 1942

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