Wednesday, September 5, 2012

On Wednesday's We Wear Pink- Always Think before you Speak


 "If you're from Africa, why are you white?"
 "Oh my God, Karen, you can't just ask people why they're white." 




This will be part one of like a zillion posts. I personally have the hardest time with this over anything else. I tend to think everyone wants to know exactly what I’m thinking at all times. As friends and family can attest…that’s really not the case.  This is an example of when I actually did think before I spoke.

My sister was out saving the world and volunteering for a year at an Indian Reservation. She was helping run their special education department there so she was working with the schools.  My family and I went to go visit her and she was so excited to show off her school to us. There happened to be another volunteer’s family there the same weekend who was also volunteering at the school.  So we go into someone’s office and the lady said something along the lines of “the white families are everywhere today.” Because I have a disease where I think I’m hilarious and must always share my thoughts, I was seconds away from blurting out “ya, we are taking over.”  By the grace of God I was able to stop myself. Could you think of a worst thing to say at an Indian Reservation than- “the white people are taking over”? It would have been awful. Knowing I stopped myself from saying that is probably one of the best things I’ve done in my life thus far.

So I learned a lesson that sometimes when I keep my mouth shut I actually do more good than harm!

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