My daughter, Sophia, had begged to get a Facebook account until she discovered Instagram. Now she could care less about Facebook. In fact, most of her friends think Facebook is for “old” people and isn’t “cool.” I had no idea Instagram even existed until she enlightened me to the fact she had an account with them. Being a concerned father, I made her show me all her posts and the posts of people she was following. I was pleasantly surprised to discover she is generally a thoughtful positive poster of inspiring images or sayings, as were most of her Instagram friends.
One of the images she had shared on her Instagram was a picture of the acronym T.H.I.N.K. which is a reminder to consider before you speak if what is about to come out your mouth is:
I could have saved myself a ton of misunderstandings, hurt feelings and embarrassments in the past had I taken the time to ensure the words I conveyed passed the THINK test. I have based along information that wasn’t true because I thought it was true, but wasn’t sure. I’ve said far too many hurtful words when compared to constructive words I’ve shared. I like to think of myself as inspiring, but those around me know I can be a really downer too. For some unknown reason, I have a knack for wanting to be right all the time which leads to me often saying things that are completely unnecessary. As for kind words, well when you have a gift for sarcasm it can be challenging to make sure my words are kind.
It looks like I have some thinking to do.
- What about you?
- What have you said you wish you hadn’t?
- How might taking time to THINK improve your relationships?
“If you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”