“Before you quit, try. Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you move on, forgive.” Author Unknown
Although the originator is unknown, these five suggestions are powerful, each in their own right.
How often do we quit before we really try? The going gets tougher than anticipated and we think it is easier to quit, but is it really?
How often do we find ourselves dominating the conversation without really listening? Generally, others just need someone to listen to them, but do we?
How often do we react, only to think later that we should have given it a little more thought? The challenge is learning to act appropriately instead of reacting, but we need to think first.
How often do we jump to conclusions and criticize someone else for their actions before waiting to understand why they acted this way?
How often do we move on, but carry a grudge without reconciling the relationship?
Much more could be said, but suffice it to say that when we follow each of these suggestions, our lives become richer.