Never Miss A Chance … To Keep Your Mouth Shut!

I have never read The First Law series, which is a series of graphic novels by Joe Ambercrombie. However, I came across a quote from Jezal dan Luthar (a character from that trilogy) that sets the stage for this blog:

“Just keep your mouth shut and smile. That’s always good advice”

A book that I have read also has lots to say about when to be quiet – the Bible.

Proverbs 21:23 says: Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

It’s not always easy to “hold your tongue,” especially when others are not. You sometimes feel that when they are ranting or complaining, it is an open door for you to do the same. I know, it happens often to me – probably too often.

The Bible actually has many verses about ‘keeping quiet” in certain situations. I found this hit home and thought I’d share.

Believe me, there are plenty of times where I just need to keep things to myself. We all need to vent, though. Sometimes when you vent, you don’t need advice or someone’s opinion. You just want to tell somebody, and you just want someone to listen. And when you listen, don’t go sharing with everyone and everyone. I learned this lesson from Goodfellas!

“Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.” -Jimmy Conway, Good Fellas. 

This really is fantastic advice.  If you don’t agree with your friend, take it up with them, but your job as a friend is to keep your mouth shut and be there for them.  You don’t backstab them by running your mouth to others about their business.  If I have learned anything about what a friend’s role is, it is to be supportive and to provide a safe haven.  There are other plenty of other people to fill the judgmental roles…..

I guess what it all boils down to is what Mark Twain said ….

Just call me a fool …. from now on anyway …..

A “Fool”ish Playlist

No pranks from me today! Instead, Here is a list of “Fool”ish songs for you to check out today as YOU are pranking someone!

  • * What a Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers
  • * The Fool on the Hill – Beatles
  • * Fool In The Rain – Led Zeppelin
  • * Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
  • * Kissing a Fool – George Michael
  • * Fool Such as I – Elvis Presley
  • * Foolish Heart – Steve Perry
  • * Poor Little Fool – Ricky Nelson
  • * The Fool – Sanford Clark
  • * Fooling Yourself – Styx
  • * Famous Last Words of a Fool – George Strait
  • * Fool To Cry – Rolling Stones
  • * Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis
  • * Ship of Fools – Robert Plant
  • * Everybody Plays the Fool – The Main Ingredient
  • * What Kind of Fool Am I? – Sammy Davis Jr.
  • * Fool’s Gold – Thin Lizzy
  • * Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon
  • * What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am? – Lee Roy Parnell
  • * Fortunate Fool – Jack Johnson
  • * The Fool – Lee Ann Womack
  • * Fool To Love You – John Mayer
  • * Fool For Your Lovin’ – Whitesnake
  • * Foolin’ – Def Leppard
  • * Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
  • * Fools Rush In – Brook Benton
  • * Fool Hearted Memory – George Strait
  • * Don’t Want To Be A Fool – Luther Vandross
  • * Foolish Pride – Travis Tritt
  • * She’s a Fool – Lesley Gore
  • * Fool #1 – Brenda Lee
  • * Fooled Around and Fell In Love – Elvin Bishop
  • * Foolish Beat – Debbie Gibson
  • * Foolish Games – Jewel
  • * Statue of a Fool – Ricky Van Shelton
  • * What Kind of Fool – Barbra Streisand
  • * Fools – Deep Purple
  • * Cool Fool – The Cars
  • * American Fool – John Mellencamp

Fool around a bit today! Happy April Fool’s Day!