The Buddha explained how we can know when speech is skillful:
Posted by Deb.
I live on a bluff above a river. In the summer, we only see flashes of water through the thick woods that separate us from the river below. Because we are so elevated, it is like living in a tree house.
There were snow flurries here today. Just as snow makes visibility difficult when we are driving, thought flurries obscure clear seeing of the path.
The Buddha spoke throughout the suttas on the importance of “admirable friendship” on the path to awakening.