A Pace of Grace:
The Virtues of a Sustainable Life

Chapter 4: Purify the Language of Your Life
Transform the Internal Critic
Into a Gentle Observer

In purifying the language of our lives, we need to heal our criticism of ourselves. As we change the way we think and speak about ourselves, we automatically become more gracious to others. If you catch yourself using shaming or negative self-talk, stop and replace it with a virtue or a positive intent. A friend of mine used to use terms like "I'm going in circles" and "I can't think straight". Now she stops herself and says, "I need to discern what I want to do" or "I'm working on clarity."

-- Exerpted from: A Pace of Grace --

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