My name is Mary-Jeanne’ Davidson and I am a wife, mother of three, business person and author of this blog. I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from my family and friends for this project. If you have any thoughts, feedback or ideas, I absolutely want to hear from you. I am a big believer in paying things forward, so if any advice in the posts speaks to you, please share.
I first heard this piece of advice when I was in my 20’s working in Seattle. I remember chuckling when it was told to me, but I was completely oblivious to its deep significance or how often I would end up employing it throughout my life. I can recall numerous occasions when I have wanted to tell someone exactly what I thought when they have upset me. However, this advice causes me to pause and taste the words in my mouth before I speak them. And, inevitably, the caution has been well heeded because I have needed that same person’s help at some point in time and I can ask for it freely because I held my tongue.
I am grateful for this advice because it keeps me in check, helps measure my temper, and reminds me that I would rather be kind in the long run, than have that momentary feeling of victory that I filleted someone like a fish with my words.