- Stop watching the news (local and global) on TV.
- Do not read blog posts/social media comments pertaining to local or international news.
- Do read books on critical thinking and/or communication. Thinking and speaking are two skills that are learned just like everything else and are honed with usage.
- Recognize that standards do not vacillate depending upon their application. If you begin talking to someone who advocates the same thing they are ranting about, cease communication.
- Present your facts from a point of humility, not of hostility, i.e., “it ain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it.”
- Realize most people fixated on justice actually want revenge. Recognize the difference.
- Violence, yelling, ranting, beheading, looting, threatening, and mud-slinging never moved anyone over to see things your way.
- Just because someone is offended, doesn’t mean they are right.
- Quit tokin’ the hashtag pipe. Don’t try to stir things up with a tic-tac-toe sign. If you feel compelled to action, find something positive within your sphere that you can do to make a real difference in making the situation better.
- My new chant: Stop Venting! Start Relenting!
That is truly the highest endeavor of one man for another. To emulate and reflect God’s kindness. That would most definitely put the brakes on the trash that spews forth now:-) Thanks Rosemary!
Amen Tracey – I love what Mother Teresa has said: “
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
Love & Blessings Rosemary Evans
It sure is Mark, I am thankful I have kindred souls and book to teach me to keep positive things in of my head, ears, heart and mouth:-)
Beautiful, Tracey. It’s wearisome, living in a verbally toxic world. Great suggestions. I have to believe “speak with humility, not hostility” would solve most communications problems overnight, and make daily living a much happier experience.