To everyone else may problem was obvious, yet I could not see it. I was completely clueless.
My residency in Family Medicine began with a week-long orientation. We toured the hospital and clinic, were assigned our desks, given our pagers and completed a two day course in "advanced cardiac life support." All of the interns were nervous as we were for the first time in our lives actually going to be primarily responsible for the medical care of real patients.
Every person as their own unique way of dealing with nerves, my way is to crack jokes. My way was not too well received, as on the third day of orientation I was summoned to the office of the program director. He was afraid that I was going to embarrass him and the program with my irreverent attitude!
While I was actually very serious about my training (and would go on to be recognized as the Outstanding Resident on graduation), my loquaciousness made others uncomfortable. Had I been wiser I would have worked harder at controlling my tongue.
Looking back on my life I can see that my lack of tongue control has been at the root of the vast majority of my problems in life. I also see that this shouldn't have been difficult to figure out, for the writer of Proverbs made it pretty clear-
"Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut." Proverbs 10:19
Advice we need to take to heart!
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