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31 December 2016

Speak.



I will speak with caution.

"Our words have so much power, sometimes we don't realise how much until it's too late."

What you say can have a huge impact on you and those around you. Sure words can't physically hurt us, but they can definitely leave a mark. Be careful with what you choose to say; of course you're free to say everything that comes to mind but that's not always helpful or smart.

Avoid saying mean things and you won't have to apologise later. It is something that takes practice and self-discipline but in the end it saves a lot of hassle. We often get into arguements that escalate and lead to one person or both people saying something completely out of bounds and then all hell breaks lose. Save yourself the time and the cost of apology flowers and learn to just shhh sometimes.
These days, we can share our thought so quickly. 2 seconds after something happens it'll be uploaded on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or whatever form of social media is relevant while you're reading this. We need to slow down sometimes. Read your texts and emails before you send them. Not only will that allow you to avoid the dreaded auto correct but it also gives you time to think about whether or not what you're saying is necessary and potentially think about how the other person may react. If you just speak without thinking you could easily end up hurting someone unintentionally.

Also on the flip side, when you get messages, don't be afraid to ask exactly what the other person means. Tones and meanings can be misinterpreted via text or email so when in doubt either ask or give that person a phone call that way you can hear exactly what kind of tone they have. You don't want to read something, jump to the wrong conclusion ad then end up saying things you regret, been there, not worth the stress.

There will be times when you will have to have difficult conversations. Be tactful and considerate and try not to leave room for ambiguity or misinterpretation in order to get your point across. You can be honest without being cruel and also remember you factor in the kind of person you are talking to because different people react in different ways.

In general, say what you mean, mean what you say, and figure out when the best thing to say is nothing at all.

Stay Blessed,
Selorm

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