If you don’t have something nice to say…

January 4, 2007

A teacher of mine once remarked that before you speak, it’s a good idea to ask yourself three questions:

Is this true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?

She called these questions the three gates of speech; versions of them can be found in many contemporary Buddhist and Hindu teachings. Remembering to ask them will at least give you pause, and that pause can be enough to hold back torrents of trouble.

~ Sally Kempton

Sounds like a good injunction to live by. I could definitely learn from this.

When so much of life involves worthless, hurtful speech, why add to the fray? I know I have countless times. Do I hear a New Year’s resolution ringing in the whispers of this post?




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