"Instead of making up an excuse, be truthful.
Be authentic and compassionate,
but be honest and the stress will melt away"
- Say what you mean, mean what you say
Instead of making up excuses to avoid situations – you know the ones, the events you’re invited to by a friend that you don’t want to attend, or the coffee date with a far flung family friend you regret agreeing to as you are setting the date. Instead of making up an excuse, be truthful. Be authentic and compassionate, but be honest and the stress will melt away.
- Don’t say to anyone unless you can say to everyone
Basically, don’t gossip! Make a commitment to yourself that you won’t say anything to one person that you wouldn’t happily tweet to the world.
- Don’t say inside, what you cannot say outside
Whatever thought or inner chatter you have inside your head that you can’t say out loud to someone isn’t worth entertaining. Whether it’s self-criticism or negative thoughts about others. Stop them in their tracks. They are of no use to anyone.
- Don’t say unless it is true, useful or kind
- True to me? An authentic statement from my heart?
- Useful or helpful to someone or some situation?
- Kind or compassionate? Such as a compliment, or an offer of help?
Extracts from an article that originally appeared on thinksimplenow.com
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