Thinking back through some recent communication fails, feeling compromised and exhausted, and feeling sensitive to make sure that my FILTER was on high today, I gripped the wheel and asked for help as I navigated the back roads to my appointment.

I don’t want to…
I shouldn’t…
Please help me not…

In my moment of communion, I felt challenged to turn my prayer requests into affirmations.

Deep breath.
(Because affirmations are harder; they require me to think differently.)

I listen with the intent to understand, to discern.

I use silence as a tool; I leverage the quiet to think carefully and critically.

When I speak, I use my words to convey an appropriate message or ask thoughtful questions that will reveal important details.

I am in control of my communication: I am effective, un-pressured and genuine.

EXHALE.

Well, at least, that’s what I’m asking for…