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Triple Filter : Think before Speak

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”

“Triple filter?”

“That’s right,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it and …”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really …”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

 # It could be true that we need to filter our thought before it turns into words, which it could never be taken back if someone is hurt by the words. Hence, we should think twice and always speak the word which may edify others. 

 

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Tips for a beautiful LIFE

 

  • Take a 10-30 minute walk every day and while you walk, smile.
     
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
     
  • When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, “My purpose is to … today.”
     
  • Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy, and the 3 F’s: Faith, Family, Friends.
     
  • Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
     
  • Dream more while you are awake.
     
  • Try to make at least three people smile each day.
     
  • Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn, pass all your tests. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
     
  • Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.
     
  • Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
     
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
     
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
     
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagreements.
     
  • Make peace with your past, so it won’t mess up the present.
     
  • Don’t compare your life with others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
     
  • Burn the candles, use the nice sheets. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
     
  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
     
  • Forgive everyone for everything.
     
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
     
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.
     
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
     
  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will stay in touch.
     
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
     
  • The best is yet to come… Believe.
     
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
     
  • Do the right thing!
     
  • Call your family often.
     
  • Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: “I am thankful for…” – “Today I accomplished…”
     
  • Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
     
  • Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. Make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

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Story submitted by John C. 

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