Dec 28, 2010

Thoughtful speaking

"Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." Ben Franklin

I am amazed at the unmodulated speaking of people sometimes. It is as if what comes into their thoughts, automatically comes out their mouths -- without any censorship at all. We just finished watching a documentary from PBS on Benjamin Franklin. What a fascinating man, and one to whom history seems not to have given full credit. He invented bifocals, brought electricity out of mystery, mapped the Gulf Stream -- to name but a few. His years of diplomatic work in France financed the Revolutionary War, and he did this while a seasoned man in his seventies. In his later years he was a strong opponent of slavery. When I think of the great visionaries and activists of freedom for us all, I am so grateful. What action can we take today that supports the freedom of us and the person for whom we provide care?

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