When Western Union asked Thomas Edison the price for the teletype he had invented, He didn’t have an answer. So, He asked several days to think about it. When he got home, he asked his wife for a piece of advice and she suggested $20 000, but He thought it was too much money.
Finally the day of the meeting has come but Edison didn’t have a price yet. The officer asked for the price once more but it was hard for Edison to say a specific amount of money. He tried to say $ 20,000, but he couldn’t. The words didn’t come out of his mouth. He remained silent. Suddenly, the officer broke the silence and asked him, “Well, how about $ 100,000?”
Most of the time, silence allows others to say something better than we could! When we remain silent other people are more likely to be interested in our thoughts; and once we have an interested audience, our words will have greater impact.
Bible says: “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28)
In that sense, silence can prevent us to get involved into an embarrassing situation. Besides that, People may think that we are smarter than we really are!
When you feel like expressing an opinion, it would be good to take into account the impact of their words. Remember: “The less said the better”. We cannot get into trouble for something we did not say. Maybe we can get an incredible benefit, just like Edison did.
Proverbs 10:19 “Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.”