Your Tone

My wife, Norma Jean, was going through some folders the other day and found this poem, The Tone of Voice. She shared it with me and said that she needed it every day. I think that was a nice way to remind me that I need it more than she does.

It’s good advice from my favorite author, anonymous. I thought our readers would like it.

It’s not so much what you say

As the manner in which you say it;

It’s not so much the language you use

As the tone in which you convey it;


“Come here!” I sharply said,

And the child cowered and wept.


“Come here,” I said —

He looked and smiled

And straight to my lap he crept.


Words may be mild and fair

And the tone may pierce like a dart;

Words may be soft as the summer air

But the tone may break my heart;


For words come from the mind

Grow by study and art —

But tone leaps from the inner self

Revealing the state of the heart.


Whether you know it or not,

Whether you mean or care,

Gentleness, kindness, love, and hate,

Envy, anger, are there.


Then, would you quarrels avoid

And peace and love rejoice?

Keep anger not only out of your words —

Keep it out of your voice.

The wise man was right, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Prov. 15:1, NIV)

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Sunday Seed Thoughts

4 responses to “Your Tone


    This is really seed food thought that is more than food for thought. A must read for every believer


  2. Steve Tidwell

    So true. One of the shortcomings of discussing things over social meeting is that you can’t see the person’s face or hear the tone of their voice. They may be smiling and you might assume they are upset.


  3. Mark Cloud

    Thanks, Ken. I printed this out and will keep it close at hand. It’s something I notice everyday myself. The author is a smart person.
    Mark Cloud


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