Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Practice of Tact

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"Use a sweet tongue, courtesy, and gentleness, and thou mayest manage to guide an elephant by a hair."

"Tact is telling the truth kindly. We think before we speak, aware of how deeply our words affect others. When our words are weighty, we weigh our words, knowing they have the power to cause pain or uplift. A harsh word to an intimate is like a grain of sand in their eye.

"An encouraging word can fill them with confidence. Tact is essential when we feel strong emotions like anger. It helps us discern what to say and what is better left unsaid. Tact is good timing. It is the diplomacy of the heart."

- The Virtues Project

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