The Three Gates of Speech

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:
At the first gate, ask yourself “Is it true?”
At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?”
At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?
Credited to the 13th century poet Rumi

I wanted to share this quotation with you because it illustrates the importance of thinking before we speak. If we examine our words carefully before we say them, we can make sure that they’re not going to hurt anyone. 

I know it’s not easy. But it’s well worth thinking about—and practising!


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