There's a Chinese proverb that says: "God gave us two ears and one mouth. Why don't we listen twice as much as we talk?"
James, of course, warns us of the risks of our tongues. So the tongue is only a tiny part of the body, but its boasts are great. Think how small a flame can set fire to a huge forest. .... nobody can tame the tongue - it is a pest that will not keep still, full of deadly poison" (James 3:5,8).
It is worth reflecting on those times when we have spoken and it would have been better if we had not, and those times when we failed to listen, and it would have been better if we had done so.