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I thought today’s message was a good day to post my Daily Positive Points email.  Below is the message and you can sign up for FREE at idontstink.com.  These messages are delivered Monday thru Friday in the morning as a way to get your day started off on a positive note. 

Today’s Message
Compassion is a powerful tool that transforms lives.  Rather than get disgusted, frustrated or angry at a fellow person, choose compassion instead. Say this right now: “Today, I will focus on seeing from the other person’s point of view.”  The moment something happens that creates an instant reaction from you, stop yourself and repeat the statement again.  When you do this, you are certain to be less likely to act in an unloving fashion.
 
Note: Today’s exercise comes from 7 Days to Inner Peace, Building Block 6: Compassion 

Today’s Quote

“Three quarters of the miseries and misunderstandings in the world would finish if people were to put on the shoes of their adversaries and understood their points of view.” Mahatma Gandhi (Indian Philosopher, internationally esteemed for his doctrine of nonviolent protest, 1869-1948)

Believe it. See it. Love it!
 
With peace and gratitude,
Bill

Earlier today I was in my car listening to a song by John Mayer.  That song was “Say What You Need to Say” and it got me thinking.  First off, that song has some well written lyrics.  The ones that caught my attention were, “You better know that in the end – It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.”  I think all too often we really do not speak our truths.  We were brought up with the old saying, “It’s better not to say anything at all than to say something hurtful.”  Well, to me, that is just not true.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating to go out and say some hurtful things to people.  What I am saying is that sometimes those tough conversations (Saying what you need to say) rather than silence is really the right thing to do.  It might be hurtful at first, but I truly believe that you need to say what needs to be said.  One method I use when I am faced with tough conversations is to begin with, “(name), it is because I love you that I say this to you.  If I didn’t love you so much, I wouldn’t say anything.”  When I do that, it seems to change the tone of the conversation and the message is heard.

So, say what you need to say but do so in a loving and compassionate way.

Peace and compassion,

Bill