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Words to Live By (No. 3): Before You Speak . . . THINK

At first glance, this piece of wall art seemed plain and ordinary to me.  After I read it, however, I realized that it embodies much of what I would like to teach my children about being a person in this world.  They may think that words cannot hurt, but they can.  They also may think that the words from one little person cannot make any impact in this world, but that is not true at all.

The fact is that these words go beyond the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  It is saying to, not just avoid making a negative impact on someone else's day, but to make every effort to make a positive one.  I know my 6 year old daughter has experienced the wonderful feeling of offering comfort, reassurance, and kindness through her words multiple times and I hope her brothers will too someday soon.    I know that our daughter has inspired me to choose my words more carefully and to try to show more kindness to others, even though it is my natural instinct to not get involved in other people's affairs.

Has anyone in your life inspired you to be more kind, inspiring, and helpful?

For further inspiration, read more Words to Live By.