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Monday 22 July 2019
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When the Heart Overflows…

Just the other day I came across an African proverb that says, “When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth.” This proverb so much caught my attention that I tried to really ponder it out. I couldn’t get over it. At first I struggled to comprehend what it meant but eventually I understood. Yes, now I understand and can perfectly relate it to the reality.
Now let me put it this way, when the heart can no longer hold it in, the mouth ultimately opens up. The truth is it is very difficult to know what’s in a person’s heart. Just as an Oshiwambo speaking would relate to another person’s heart to a different country so is it with this proverb. You never know what the next person thinks about you or a certain situation. But thankfully what a person talks about or does with their mouth often comes as a reflection of what their hearts hold. It may come out intentionally or as a slip of the tongue but whatever way it comes out doesn’t matter.
Hence, the saying out of the abundance of the heart… that the mouth is the overflow valve of the heart. If a person is always gossiping, slandering, cursing or cussing it is because that’s what their heart is keeping. You may not agree because you are guilty of this sad truth but that does not make it untrue, MY BAD!
If you happen to be on the receiving end of people’s words just understand that it comes from their hearts and for as long as you know who you are it is not supposed to be that big of a deal. Let it roll off like water off a ducks back. Don’t get me wrong I’m referring to both negativity and positivity. Just as my friend would say, “always treat a negative comment as a fart and take a compliment to heart.” People’s comments and assumptions are always going to be there but it’s never really about you, it’s their issue.
I know how it feels to receive words that make you wonder HOW and question yourself WHY but it should not take you aback because whatever comes out of the mouth was once held in the heart. Whatever a person utters tells you the kind of a person they are. A good person brings good things out of the good stored up in their heart. Conversely, a bad person brings evil out of the evil stored up in their heart. If you are always cussing, insulting, curing, backbiting, bullying you name it, the problem is not with your mouth. The problem is deeply rooted in your heart. If you are offended by this message, chances are that you have a problem with your heart. If this truth offends you, your heart is not right baby, that’s just it.
If you want to really know a person, observe the things he or she enjoys talking about versus the things that they don’t like talking about. That will speak volumes about that person.
Until then, BE OBSERVANT!
Womandla!




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