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This week’s idea. Verbal clutter.

One upping.
Getting in the last word.
Playing the devil’s advocate.
Exaggerating for dramatic effect.
Arguing to prove an unnecessary point.
Chattering on to fill what we perceive to be uncomfortable silences.

Just as we rethink our possessions in order to have less clutter in our lives,
pausing before we speak may prevent us from verbally cluttering our relationships.

As a result, we may experience ourselves as being kinder and
more patient as we communicate with family, friends, and colleagues.
And you will have fewer conversations where your lips engaged before your brain,
or you may have been right, when you could have been kind.

Our thoughts,
our speech,
our buying habits,
what we choose to find space for and honor in our lives.
It is all about making conscious choices.

Choose wisely.