Day 109: Following the Thumper Principle

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”


It’s not often that I look to woodland creatures for advice. But this little gem, spoken by a rabbit named Thumper in the Disney movie, Bambi, is something that I try to apply in my life. Whenever I am tempted to say something unkind, I find that it is better to remain silent. I try to put some distance between me and the situation that is making me feel that way.


This simple step improves all of my relationships and is something that I hope to teach to my children. The more they see me reacting quietly and calmly, the more they are likely to follow that example.


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