This week our assignment is to read Emerson’s Law of Compensation. His first series was written 1841. What is interesting is that what he has written all those years ago is still relevant today and applies to our daily lives. This law ties into our quest for a week of no opinions.
” A man cannot speak but he judges himself. With his will, or against his will, he draws his portrait to the eye of his companions by every word. Every opinion reacts on him who utters it. It is a harpoon hurled at the whale, unwinding, as it flies, a coil of cord in the boat, and if the harpoon is not good, or not well thrown, it will go nigh to cut the steersman in twain, or to sink the boat.”
Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
So my question is complaining a judgment?
Is an opinion also a judgment?
The most challenging exercise is to examine myself in the area of the above mentioned. This week as I once again work at carefully crafting my words to be of good report and of no opinion. Either of words that escape my lips or enter my mind, all must be carefully examined. As quoted, every opinion reacts on him who utters it.
As the cat who carefully watches the mouse, I, like the cat carefully watch my words.
I can be what I will to be.