A few years ago, I found this acrostic on Pinterest: “Before you speak, THINK: is it True, Helpful, Important, Necessary, or Kind?” There is wisdom in choosing our words with greater care.
The following is an excellent article from a fellow blogger on being more purposeful in our everyday speech. I would add that we need to also be careful in what we “say” with our keyboards!
I am in the middle of a ten-day “word fast” – fasting from certain kinds of speaking for the length of ten days. The idea came from the appropriately-named Ten-Day Word Fast available for the Bible app on my phone, and the premise is simple: abstain from complaining, criticism, judgments, sarcasm, and gossip for ten days.
There’s a little more to the fast than that, and the definition of the words are carefully drawn out (i.e. “criticism” as it’s used here is made distinct from authentic and honest admonishment given in love). But I’ve been working with the first two so far (complaining and criticism) and not complaining or being critical has taught me a lot.
Most importantly, what it’s taught me is this: I often complain and am critical to avoid being direct.
If I have a bad day, for example, I have a tendency to complain about it:…
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