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Think before you act: Part One

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give. – William A. Ward _______________________________________________________________________


William Ward is spot on! Today we are too quick to reaction, too quick to disagree, too quick to anger and too quick to fight one another, just because someone is saying something you do not like or may hurt your feelings. Instead, if someone is talking and you are starting to feel agitated, allow yourself to listen to everything first. Why is this important? Because allowing the other person to finish, gives you the chance to hear everything, analyze what they are saying and if you should even respond at all. You never know, maybe what they were saying started off angering you, but a few sentences later, you find some common ground you could work with. If no common ground is found, just simply say “Let’s agree to disagree” and walk away.


With social media so prevalent in our lives today, you can easily see how quick people are to responding to a post they do not like or posting something about how they feel regarding a certain subject and not realizing this could impact them in the future. So, before you respond to a post or post something you are feeling passionate about, type what you originally wanted to post, take a step back for a couple of minutes, take a deep breath, calm down and read what you typed. I would say after doing this, you will most likely not like what you typed, and it may disturb you that someone you have no control over and has no control over you got you from 0 to 100 in a blink of an eye. You’ll most likely delete what you typed so far and go on with your life, because your time is more valuable then sitting there and getting into a typing argument.

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