What is on his mind is on his tongue, and the tongue is a beast, which, once at large, is hard to recapture and chain. Acting on the pulse of the soul, enraptured by the beast of the spirit, he who should be most retrained is often the least. His penchant for being heard overrides the consequences. He listen not, and heard little when he does. His mind seeks the answer before the question has been sprung, and inevitably he is wrong. Opinionated beyond tolerance, he is forced to seek a new audience daily, as few wish to receive his barrage of nonsense more than once. If he had the capacity to listen, someone in the path of his repartee would whisper to him than man, in order to prove how much he is the master of himself, does not get himself constantly stirred up or involved in everything that crosses his mind.Baltasar Gracian

As I read this entry this evening, I am reminded of my unconscious mind that runs rampant from time to time. It’s something that I have battled with too often…staying present, staying conscious, not giving into the unconscious mind and all its fruitless tendencies. What is a man who speaks not from the heart only to hear himself speak…

To know one self is to learn from ones downfalls. I am taking that step to look at myself in the mirror and call out ugly characteristics that mentally beat me down. There is truth in the saying that items left unattended rear their face later on in life. Most of these come out in the drunken stupor of unconscious thinking. It’s time to take control of the tongue.