When I was growing up, my mother used to say, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything!” Maybe your mother said it too! I’m sure you agree with it in theory…but do you and your organization practice it? As I travel around the world, one of the things I’ve noticed lately is how unkindly people speak to – and of – each other…” What a stupid request that was…she should already know how to do that…” or “dumbest meeting I’ve ever been in…how could he have wasted all our time…”
I’ve seen passengers yell at gate and flight attendants…and people making rude remarks to each other on the street. Problem is, this creates a negative, unpleasant world for all of us! The speaker, the person being spoken to, and those overhearing. So, my challenge to you this week, is to speak only kind words. In any (and every) situation! If you need to correct someone, use kind words to do it. If you really need to criticize someone (and do you really need to?), then please put the ‘constructive’ back in ‘constructive criticism’.
Working on not saying anything that isn’t nice is something that I practice daily. It’s one of the ways I’m working on creating a kinder world. Please join my challenge this week. Post your stories with #yourkindword! #love #kindness #LoveB4money