I caught a cold recently and lost my voice on and off for a few days. My throat was sore, so I concluded that it was best to not speak. Or speak as little as possible. It just wasn’t worth it.
Losing my voice gave me such an interesting opportunity: I was forced to really think before speaking.
One morning, I was presented with some disappointing news. My first impulse was to say something not so nice about the person who had let me down. I wanted to vent, give a piece of my mind, and defend myself. But I didn’t do any of that. I just said nothing. It wasn’t worth it.
By saying nothing, I gave myself a bit of a break. In that break, I did a mental tally of how bad the situation really was and this is what I discovered:
It wasn’t the end-of-the-world kind of news; more of just a let-down kind of news.
It was just a single opportunity gone, in a really big world of opportunity.
Everything happens for a reason.
I don’t have to take everything so personally.
If I had mouthed-off, I would have gone down the emotional road of blame, worthlessness, and anger. And that would have accomplished exactly nothing, except drain my already dwindling energy. But instead, I got to go down the emotional road of faith, trust, and compassion and feel my energy renewed.
And I concluded that whether I had a voice or not, it just wasn’t worth mouthing-off anyway.
Where is your mouthing-off draining your precious energy? What would you learn if you caught your tongue?
Here’s to conquering Stress,
The Stress Experts
Sign up to receive inspiration, skills, tools, and tough love right in your inbox each week. Don't worry, we won't share your email address and we're not going to fill up your inbox with junk.
Practical Strategies to Deal with Daily Stressors
Sign up to receive inspiration, skills, tools, and tough love right in your inbox each week. Don't worry, we don't share your email address and we're not going to fill up your inbox with junk.