“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I am sure we have all heard this saying at least a handful of times throughout life. 

I also like this one from my Unf*ck Yourself desk calendar: “Be decent. If you can’t be decent, be quiet.” 

My question is, why don’t we do this more often? Is it our ego? Is it the need to feel heard? 

Often, when we hear someone say something we disagree with, we have to jump in and correct them or share our two cents. I’ve started asking myself, “What purpose does that really serve?” And I think the answer is it serves no purpose at all. 

In life, the most powerful thing we have is our words. Use them wisely. Our words can pick people up, bring them down, or turn them upside down. They have so much impact. 

And in a similar vein, but not to confuse things, remember that nobody can make you feel unless you allow them to, so protect your space and recognize that people’s words and actions do not directly reflect who you are. 

As you go into the week, keep this quote in mind, and think before you speak. Unless it’s something kind and positive, then speak away! 

“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing, in so far as it stands ready against the accidental and the unforeseen, and is not apt to fall.”- Marcus Aurelius

Life is good.


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