Posted: Saturday, December 10
The Adige at Verona appears to be a river quite broad and deep enough for navigation, but its current at Verona is so rapid it makes it difficult as a service river. This is where appearances can be deceiving. Once you move into its angry current, you realize how uncontrollable that force of nature is.
That’s the way it can be with people—their outward appearance looks normal. But people can be so rash and impetuous, and at the same time so suddenly angry and excited, that their otherwise most valuable abilities/assets are rendered useless for any good purpose. Many times they are hearing their words for the first time along with the rest of us—they have not thought things through before speaking. This can be as destructive as the Adige—once it is flowing, it is nearly impossible to contain.
Our words can be healing or they can destroy. Even though we live in a free society that celebrates freedom of speech, at times, can we really call it free? If exercised wrongly, it will cost someone something.