Thank you Kid President! I concur. My mom taught me “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. I bet yours did, too. If we are all on the same page, we aspire to be nice in everything we do. We aspire to perform acts of kindness on a daily basis. We endeavor to make the world a better place by doing nice things for others.
How about we try to “be nice” by an act of omission? I’m not asking that we DO SOMETHING, I’m asking that we NOT do something. More specifically, let’s NOT say that thing that we want to say but know we probably shouldn’t. Let’s think before we speak (or post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…).
We should ask ourselves these basic questions before we say something that can’t be taken back:
T- is it true?
H- is it helpful?
I- is it inspiring?
N- is it necessary?
K- is it kind?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, we can save our breath. Save our time. Save our energy. If we accept this challenge 5 things will happen.
- We will prevent hurting someone’s feelings.
- We will appear more intelligent.
- Our attitude will improve.
- Our relationships will improve.
- We won’t look like a jerk.
Mark Twain said, “better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid, than open it and remove all doubt”. Benjamin Franklin said, “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment”. Kid President said, “Nothing- sometimes that’s the best thing you you can say”.
Trust me, I know how hard this can be. In a pinch, we can always refer to Kid President’s list of things we should say more often.
Be a blessing today.