Civility and manners,  Communication,  Friendship and relationship advice

The gift of speaking freely

“But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.” ~Dinah Craik, British novelist

It’s always wise to think before we speak. We shouldn’t spread harmful gossip; we shouldn’t hurt or insult anyone. And given today’s volatile political climate, most of us wisely avoid discussing hot-button topics if we’re unsure of someone else’s viewpoints. Sometimes it feels like we’re all walking on eggshells, right?

So, I was thinking recently about the gift of knowing a few trusted people with whom I can speak freely and openly about any topic that’s on my mind — without worrying that I’ll offend them or that they’ll think I’m bat-shit crazy. As today’s quote suggests, we all need a few friends who know our hearts (and understand our intentions) when we need to be heard without judgment. ~CL

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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