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The Three Gates of Speech

“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?”

~ Rumi~

The precious wisdom being expressed here is the importance of anticipating how our words are going to be received by the person with whom we are speaking. As we interact with family members, friends, colleagues, community partners, etc. today, let’s try being extra mindful of what we say. Thinking first about who we are speaking to, what their needs and concerns are, and how our words can communicate empathy, compassion and understanding.

Let’s be mindful of what we say, to avoid any unintended consequences.

 

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