Claire’s friend Lisa is a school teacher. Lisa was telling me about an acronym she is teaching her students this year. It’s useful checklist for when you’re considering what to say to someone else:
- Is it Thoughtful?
- Is it Helpful?
- Is it Interesting?
- Is it Necessary?
- Is it Kind?
I think this is a lovely thing to teach kids. And it’s something we should all keep in mind as adults in the “big bad world”.
How many times a day do you speak without thinking?
Can you recall something you’ve said that makes you cringe?
So be thoughtful. Be helpful. Be kind.
In other words, don’t be a douchebag!