Remember the phrase that our parents, teachers, and anybody else with 20 years’ more wisdom than us used to tell us when we were younger? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
I’ve heard a lot of people recently say something negative or derogatory either to someone, or even worse, about someone. Then, they wrap it all up with this simple little phrase: “I’m just saying’”.
They use that phrase like a hall pass in high school – to do something they probably shouldn’t have done under the guise of actually having permission to do it.
But, here’s the deal.
That little phrase is not a license to speak your mind. If you feel like you need a “hall pass” to say something, then you should probably keep it to yourself.
We should never shy away from speaking the truth – when it’s the right place and the right time. But, we should always communicate the truth in love and compassion.
Choose your words carefully. You can’t afford not to.
Question: do you ever find yourself using a “hall pass” sometimes to say something you probably shouldn’t be saying?
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