When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Watch What You Say!

watch what you say

Here is test that will help you watch what you say.

Here is a story I would like you to read. It illustrates that we all need to watch our words carefully.

In Ancient Greece, Socrates was known for valuing knowledge a great deal.

One day an acquaintance met Socrates and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied.  “Before you tell me anything, I’d like you pass a little test.

It’s called the Triple Filter Test”.

“Triple filter?”, his friend asked.

“That’s right”, Socrates continued.  “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you are going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test.  The first filter is Truth. Are you absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No”, the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and…”

“All right”, said Socrates.  “So you really do not know if it is true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, on the contrary”, the man replied.

“So”, Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not sure if it’s true.  You may still pass the test, though.  Because there is one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really”

“Well”, concluded wise Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why do you want to tell it to me at all?”


Perhaps all of us need to use Socrates Triple Filter Test before we speak to anyone about anything!  If what you are thinking about saying does not pass this test, perhaps you might just be stirring up trouble by saying it.

I refuse to gossip and I will not participate in anyone else’s gossiping, either. When someone talking around me starts to gossip, I walk away.

Soar like an eagle over storms.  Watch what you say.

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If you like this post, remember that BJ writes for children.  Her book Near a River is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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