Are You a Rhino, Elephant, Ostrich or Rabbit?

Are You a Rhino, Elephant, Ostrich or Rabbit?

Choosing to Speak Impeccably

Two friends speaking impeccably

Years ago, I was in a relationship where we exchanged daily written messages—a way to share unspoken thoughts and experiences. During that time, I made a commitment to write with impeccable truth.

Crafting short emails became a meticulous process that took hours. I developed a sensitivity to the impact of each word, questioning and editing extensively to ensure they accurately conveyed my truth—what happened, how I felt and what I desired.

Imagine choosing to communicate with impeccable precision and a clean heart in one particular relationship. What shift might occur?

I invite you to focus on a particular relationship: your partner, your child, your best friend or your mother. Those closest to us are our most valuable teachers.

Consider what it would look like to shift from speaking what is polite, and on the surface, to embracing more vulnerability, truthfulness and depth in your communication.

This shift is especially vital in personal relationships, where our words carry immense weight for those we deeply care about.

To cultivate greater mindfulness around your words, I suggest the following:

  • Assume accountability: Take responsibility for your communication and be mindful of how your words impact others. Instead of blaming or criticizing, express your emotions and needs respectfully and without judgment.
  • Nurture a pure heart + mind: Let go of negative thoughts and emotions that cloud your judgment and strain relationships. Cultivate inner peace and compassion, approaching interactions with love and understanding.
  • Consciously select your words: Speaking impeccably is a potent tool for enhancing communication and transforming relationships. Choose your words intentionally, speaking with precision and honesty while avoiding blame or judgment. This fosters trust, prevents misunderstandings and deepens connections.

Ultimately, the practice of speaking impeccably revolves around developing heightened awareness and mindfulness in your relationships. By consciously choosing your words and taking responsibility for your communication, you can cultivate more harmonious and meaningful connections with the people who matter most to you.

What shifts would you be open to making in how you speak and interact?