It’s better to shut it…Sometimes!

This one will be short and sweet, or bitter if you just want to be stubborn and not accept the fact that you are not perfect, and neither am I. I remember the first time someone brought it to my attention that I perhaps had a problem with speaking before I thought. It was an acquaintance in high school, “Mohamed, you know! sometimes you really need to put your foot in your mouth.”

I was speechless. I had never been told this before, but I took it seriously and at that moment, I vowed to work on improving that aspect of my personality. Well, I am still a work in progress.

Recently I said some things to friend “just joking,” justifying it in my mind because I meant no harm. However, there has been a dark cloud over my head ever since. Even though, it was just in “fun,” the things I said were not nice, and this is not acceptable behavior for a proper person. A joke should never be at someone else’s expense. So, now I am making a resolution to be mindful of the things I say. I will pretend I have a filter in my throat that won’t allow any hurtful words to pass through. We would like to think it’s cool to make fun of others, but it’s not, Totally Not!


A common excuse used by people who like to make fun of others is, “I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you!” However, we must ask ourselves, is the other person really laughing?

~A spoken word is a moment. A written word is eternal~

Moe R.