Civility and manners,  Communication,  Kindness quotes

The clothing of our thoughts

“Words are the clothing of our thoughts.” ~Jonathan Swift

“Watch what you say,” my mother used to scold. Like most little kids, I wasn’t born knowing how to filter my own insensitive remarks. Children are notorious for expressing brutally honest opinions on everything they notice, from bad breath to obesity. It’s our responsibility as adults to teach the gentle arts of tact and diplomacy.

These days, sadly, too many grown-ups also think it’s fine to blurt what’s on their minds, even when it’s hurtful. If words are the “clothing of our thoughts,” as today’s quote suggests, why not share a compliment and spare the criticism? Kind words not only lift the hearts of others; they also elevate the reputation of those who speak them. ~Cindy La Ferle

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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