If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Denise is a master at speaking eloquently from her heart. This post says volumes about the conscious decision to be happy rather than engaging in a pointless battle to be right.

The View from Here

imageGrandma Schultz, Heavy D’s mother.
I hear my mother’s words so clearly,

Your grandmother always said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

She would say this phrase when someone showed unkindness or lashed out at me in anger, and I wanted so badly to strike back in my pain at the attack…human nature, I think.

My mother and grandmother were right, though; when you give into the anger, you become just like the person who hurt you. Anger only begets more anger, and I don’t want to live my life that way.

I love the Buddha quote, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

So many people seem to hang onto anger like a religion. Stirring the pot and fanning the flames to draw others to…

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