Today’s Gem of Gratitude #172

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Today I am thankful for the ability to keep my thoughts and opinions to myself when necessary. The ability to refrain from saying how you feel and what you think, especially when you feel passionately about something or someone, is an ability that is highly beneficial and yet so rarely exhibited by people in this day and age.

We as a society seem to often feel as though we are “entitled” to say what is on our minds under the guise of “keeping it real.” However, there is truth in the statement that “there is a time and a place for everything,” and in certain instances the time is “never” and the place is “nowhere.” “Keeping it real” does not mean that one has a license to spout off whatever, to whomever, and in whatever manner one chooses. Truly “keeping it real” means considering the circumstances that are in play, the people involved, the quality of what we are considering saying, the motive for saying what we are considering saying, and the potential effects that what we are considering saying will likely have on the people involved and the situation at hand.

Navigating those waters is something that requires a concerted effort, and successfully knowing when to (and more importantly when not to) breach those shores is a sign of maturity. I personally still have my own share of challenges with this issue, though I have made a lot of progress over the years. And I am discovering that a little bit of progress goes a long way. #lovebythedrop

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