It is amazing to listen to the things people share in order to get attention. They tell the most intricate details of their lives, not because they want to help others, but because they want an audience. They tend to exaggerate the facts because if they can make the facts juicier, they can get more attention. They leave nothing sacred or private; they expose everything, leaving nothing to the imagination.
People with loose lips readily expose the secrets of others. Others may have spoken to them in confidence, but because they are quick to speak, they spread rumors and gossip as quickly, or quicker, than they share their own business.
Wisdom admonishes us to be quick to hear and slow to speak. Wisdom goes on to state that a fool utters everything that is in his heart, but a wise man holds some things back.
A person needs to think about what he is going to say before he says it; he needs to determine whether it elevates, encourages of educates. If it doesn’t add value, maybe it doesn’t need to be said.
Be labeled among the wise; know when to speak and when to be quiet. Don’t fall into the category of a babbling fool. If you do, it may come back to haunt you when you least expect it.