By Libby Rodriguez
Member, CommUNITY Living Committee
With the New Year comes new beginnings and New Year resolutions. This gives us a chance to reflect on the last year. New Year’s resolutions are about creating goals in order to better ourselves, because no matter how old we are it is never too late to make a positive change in our lives.
One New Year’s resolution that I would challenge everyone to try is to always speak kindly. Speak Kindly is one of the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct and it can be easier said than done. Speaking with kindness means withholding judgment, sarcasm, mocking, exaggerating, lying, and blame in our tones and in our words. We must remember that the words we speak reflect who we are. We are not only a result of our thoughts but also of our words and actions.
There are many positive benefits to speaking kindly. Speaking kindly can promote harmony in our lives, decrease the potential for conflict, and prevent us from hurting other people’s feelings. It’s a win-win!
Here are some tips for remembering to speak with love and kindness:
• Think before you speak. Always ask yourself: Is this true? Is this helpful? Is this inspiring? Is this necessary? Is this kind?
• Refrain from complaining. Rather than complaint, calm down and then go directly to the person who can improve your situation.
• Our words reflect how we feel. Do not mix bad words with bad moods. You will regret it.
Mother Teresa said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”