Wisdom of the Ages 362

A contribution to the Wisdom of the Ages project has arrived in my inbox from Mary this morning, it reads:

“if you haven’t anything positive to say, don’t say anything” works.

It’s not any easy concept to live by, and getting to the end of a difficult day without cracking can be a challenge. It doesn’t mean tell your friend her quilt is great when it’s not, but it does mean trying to provide positive and affirmative criticism. It doesn’t mean you can’t tell a bolshy teenager off for being stroppy, but it does mean that you have to find a positive suggestion for altering behaviour that benefits the perpetrator! And then, sometimes it does mean you have to shut up and not say anything! I could go on, you get the drift…

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