The world we live in today is often impatient, selfish and rude. If you have ever worked in retail, especially during the Christmas season, you know exactly what I mean. The way some people degrade and belittle others over small things is very discouraging. The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom and provides awesome guidance to us on how to live our lives. Proverbs 16:23-24 says t he heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips. Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. This proverb reminds me of a business lesson I learned from a supervisor I once had. He always told me that you can give bad news without causing chaos, it just depends on HOW you give the news. His favorite phrase was, “You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”
Our tone, inflection and word choice really affects the reactions we get from others. Tim McGraw understood this lesson in his hit song we discussed yesterday where he tells us he “SPOKE SWEETER.” Don’t wait until you are dying to speak sweeter.
Give a compliment to someone today.
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