I’m not sure at what age it happens. The age where you gain that “filter”. The one that keeps you from saying something you probably shouldn’t.
Young kids don’t have it. They speak what’s on their mind regardless of the consequences. As adults we tend to do a little better job biting our tongues.
I recently ran across an interesting take on this “filter”. It’s a Sulfi saying:
Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself ‘Is is true.’ At the second gate ask, ‘Is it necessary.’ At the third gate ask, ‘Is it kind.’
Seems like a pretty good 3 step check list. One I’m trying to practice in everyday life.
Got any funny stories about a child without a “filter” speaking the truth? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear them.
A recent tweet by Mr. Scott Eddy touched on happiness (and got me thinking). He tweeted the following.
People who are happy:
1. Ask for nothing
2. Laugh at themselves
3. Listen with interest
4. Rarely complain
5. Inspire others
What a great list! I think he’s on to something. In my own life I know I’m happiest if all 5 are met.
A couple items on the list I feel fairly confident that I’m meeting. A few I could stand to work on.
What about you? Do you agree with the list? What would you add to it?
If you’re a regular reader you know that I love quotes that make me think. I found another one that I’d like to share.
It’s from English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
I spent at least a half hour today contemplating that quote. At first I set out to prove it wrong. I did this by making a mental list of all the great things in my life and the great things I’ve accomplished.
Without fail… everything great always came out of an enthusiastic effort. I guess Coleridge was on to something.
I’m about to start on a project. One that I’m unsure of. One that, to be honest, I’m a little skeptical of the outcome. This quote has me doing an attitude adjustment.
If I go at it half-hearted there’s no way I’ll be able to make it great. Go at it with 100% enthusiasm and who knows. Something great could happen.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a relationship, church committee, work project, whatever… whenever you want greatness choose to proceed with enthusiasm.
What’s the greatest thing you’ve accomplished and was it because you were enthusiastic about it?