Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Think before you speak

Too often during a conversation, we unknowingly and unintentionally hurt the other party's feelings. I saw this Chinese stanza the other day, and thought it would be useful for us to keep in mind during a conversation.


English translation:

When speaking to an elderly person, do not forget about his dignity;
When speaking to a man, do not forget about his pride;
When speaking to a woman, do not forget about her mood / emotions;
When speaking to a youth, do not forget about his candor;
When speaking to a child, do not forget about his innocence.

On the other hand, if you were the party who was hurt/offended by the other's words, keep this in mind:

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