There’s an old saying that, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

But what if you have something worth saying?

What if you see someone do something terrific that deserves recognition?

What if you see an injustice that needs to be addressed?

What if you see someone trying their best who needs a word of encouragement?

What if you see someone in pain who needs comfort?

What if you have an innovative solution to a challenging problem?

What if you see someone less experienced who can do with your expertise?

What if you see a good friend about to do something that they will regret later?

What if you notice someone who seems depressed and you’re concerned about them?

I know sometimes that we are afraid of being wrong or embarrassed when we speak out, but I suspect that the consequences of remaining silent when we have something worth saying is greater than the cost of occasionally getting it wrong.

I love the words of clergyman and prominent abolitionist, Henry Ward Beecher, who said, “I don’t like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.”

In other words, if you have something worth saying, say it!

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