I’m quick. Sometimes I consider this a great virtue and just as often my quickness leads me down the wrong path.
For instance, I’m a darter. I move without thought. Because of this I carry bumps, bruises and a collection of scars that continues to grow. I caution myself as I age…”Slow down. Watch where you’re going!”
My quickness of movement is not my greatest problem, however. It is my quickness of tongue. It is my propensity to blurt out my thoughts. It is my ability to deliver a clever response in the blink of an eye and the click of my tongue.
When I was younger I prided myself on this. I had my moments of regret over words that should have been swallowed rather than spewed, but I didn’t comprehend the waves of spiritual damage to myself and others.
I’m still learning to be impeccable with my word:
- To be truthful.
- To be accurate.
- To say only what I mean to say.
- To say it with love and concern.
I’m practicing and learning.
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*The Four Agreements by Michael Ruiz.
Be impeccable with your word.
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best.
This was written for and originally appeared on Vision and Verb on May 14, 2012.