Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Sunday thought... The 24-Hour Rule

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry... James 1:19

Have you ever actually tried to listen first, without speaking, without becoming angry when you're in one of those situations? There really isn't anything harder in the world to do, I don't think. And if it's a situation where you feel someone you love has been wronged, oh my! And if it's your child who you think has been wronged, double oh my! In this technology age, my first instinct is to shoot off an email or text the story as fast as possible. That's when I have to take a deep breath and employ my 24-hour rule. Lots of opinions and emotions change in a 24-hour period. Those 24 hours have saved me a ton of heartache and embarrassment. I've never wished I could go back to that moment of conflict and just let somebody have it after waiting for those 24 hours. But, the opposite has happened many-a-time. I didn't breathe or listen or slow my anger...that I always regret.

Seek first to understand, and then to be understood. - Steven Covey

Have a great week! Inspiration House #3 coming Tuesday...


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