We have all stuck our foot in our mouth a time or two. A hasty criticism that may not have been warranted, betraying a friend's confidence without considering all of the consequences, or just plain gossiping and later realizing that we were in truth spreading lies. Verbal abuse has become so prominent in our society that those being abused in this way don't even realize that it is abuse.
Wisdom teaches us to think before we speak, to consider carefully the weight of our words before we utter them. Once spoken, you cannot take your words back.
No one ever learned anything while they were speaking, only through listening can we gain wisdom.
This speaks to accepting the correction of others as well as correction from God. The mind, as it creates a reality we can survive in from the sensory data we receive from the world, registers its perceptions as correct. That is why we are so quick to defend ourselves when someone tells us we are wrong. We need to acknowledge that the reality we see has been created by the mind from the incorrect assunptions that fear and hostility belong in us. When we connect to our true source, created of love, we no longer need to be right, we are content to be.
Our trouble affects our loved ones as much or more than it affects us. Families will welcome the prodigal back again and again, hoping they will find some wisdom and hold onto it. When we turn from our sinful ways, we can conquer our trouble for ourselves and for the ones we love. It is up to us to recognize the choice before us and choose life at every crossroads we come to.