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Consequences…the result of an action.

Consequences…the aftermath of an action.

Consequences…the outcome of an action.

Consequences…the ramifications of an action.

Consequences…the backlash of an action.

Consequences…the impact of an action.

Consequences…the fallout of an action.

Why do I write about consequences? Because consequences are significant.

How we interact in the world matters. What we say and do matters. Our actions and our words have power. We can use that power to encourage or we can use that power to do harm.

If we are actively using that power to create hurt and insight drama then the consequences of our actions will lead to injury.

It’s easy to judge others without truly having walked in their shoes.

It’s easy to play the critic when you yourself have not taken a risk.

But the act of judging and the act of criticizing have consequences.

They lead to loneliness and regret.

In my own experience, when I have acted in a way that causes harm or I have used words that wound another, I am lessened as a person and I am disappointed in myself.

It’s important to think before we act. It’s important to think before we speak. If what we are about to do or say will cause pain, then we would be wise to refrain from the act and search our conscious for the reason behind our desire to do harm.

The only good thing I can say about consequences is that they are teachable moments. They are lessons waiting to be learned…but only if our hearts are truly open.

Think before you speak.

Think before you act.

Ask yourself if what you are about to say will hurt or harm. If the answer is harm…don’t say it.

Ask yourself if what you are about to do is going to help or damage another. If the answer is damage…don’t do it.