Prudence: The skill, ability, or wisdom to avoid conflict and choose what is right and what is good or beneficial to humanity. Prudence makes you think before acting.

  • Be cordial. When you approach, communicate, talk to or listen to an individual you do not like, use good judgment and discipline yourself to use reason vs emotion. Do not be judgmental.
  • Be sensitive to the feelings of children.  Your tone of voice will make or break them. Be nice.
  • Your judgment may dictate that the individual you are conversing or dealing with is totally disagreeable, offensive, vile and revolting yet you need to rise above all that negative emotion and use reason to be gracious, hospitable, warm and friendly.
  • If you are a leader and you vote for or create rules, make sure you consider the good of all the people. Never simply react. Consider all the options. Consider the consequences.
  • Learn to accept sincere apologies. We all make mistakes.

Prudence allows you to form alliances. Prudence maintains peace. Diplomacy requires prudence. You can’t be diplomatic without being prudent. Be attentive and listen more to what others are saying or just simply talking about. Always speak the truth. Make sure it is beneficial to all. Avoid excessive deliberations, otherwise folly will be your company. Being prudent however, does not imply that one has to be submissive to the bully or evil.

Never discourage anyone from doing anything that is not detrimental or harmful to anyone. Along the way while doing these activities although mundane and possibly unproductive to the observer, a person may learn something good.

“Everyday this woman throws her dirty water in the same place and makes a muddy area. While just a few feet away there are plants withering. Was she doing something bad? No!
A farmer came along and guided the woman into throwing her dirty water on the plants, thereby watering the plants. Now she benefits from the harvest.”

Gentle Guidance and not Criticism.