Thursday, March 22, 2018

Say It With Kindness

"What do you mean, it isn't true?"
"It isn't yet at its best until it's kind."
"But, it can still be true..."
"Is incomplete still true? Is it still true if it does not return the best possible result?"
"It's the results that I want, I'm just in a hurry. I don't have time to be kind!"
"Maybe. But also, maybe you don't have time NOT to be kind. Think of the reactions. Think of the changes. Think about whether someone feels resentment instead of contentment. No matter how well you say it, won't it sound better with kindness?"

-- doug smith

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Not All Failure Is Equal

I like the theory that says "there is no failure only feedback" that comes from NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming.) There is much truth in that. But, like all truth, it applies and then it doesn't. Context matters.

There are mistakes that we can make that we do not learn from because there is no second chance. Some mistakes, life threatening or relationship ending, offer no other chance.

So as the sarge used to say at the beginning of every "Hill Street Blues" episode, "let's be careful out there."

-- doug smith

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Say What You Mean

When I was much younger I was so shy that I often would not say what was on my mind. Who am I kidding? I hardly EVER said what was on my mind. I later learned that a) no one could read my mind, and b) I didn't get what I wanted that way.

Since then I've been working on speaking assertively. Making the request. Stating the view. Clarifying my perspective. It's a work in progress. We're all a work in progress. Here's how I plan to make more progress: talk about it.

There's no point in waiting to say what you mean -- you may not get the chance again.

Say what you mean as truly as you can, with kindness.

What do you think?

-- doug smith

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tell Them

We live at a time defined by our differences. Arguments prevail. Dialogue, once so vibrant, is often disturbed by the percussive discussions of differing views.

These differing views could lead to valuable insights, if we were just able and willing to examine our differences. What if we could share our perspectives without judging each other?

It could start by opening up, by telling more about who each of us really is inside. Where do the things we say come from? What makes us who we are?

Tell your story. Tell your views. Share your perspective. When we can do that with an open mind, any level of communication becomes possible.

Who will know who you really are unless you tell them? Talk about it. Then, listen.

-- doug smith