Tell Me Something Good

I got a call the other day from someone who wanted to share some ‘information’ with me. After a few seconds of listening to them, I realized it wasn’t something I really wanted to know about…so I stopped them and chose to change the subject.

They got a little agitated about it and asked, “Why did you cut me off in the middle of my story and change the subject?”

My reply was, “Because If didn’t feel I’d benefit from your story and I didn’t want to waste either of our time.

Needless to say, the conversation didn’t last much longer.

But it did remind me of a story I read about Socrates’ philosophy on gossip and ‘bad’ news.

One day, a man rushed up to Socrates,saying,”I have some news to tell you!”
Socrates put up his hand to stop the excited man…

“First let me ask you three questions,” Socrates said.

“Uhhh…errrrr…okay” said the man.

“Is the news you are about to tell me something you personally know to be true?”

“Well,no” replied the man. “I heard it from a good source, though.”

“Then let’s go to second question,” Socrates said.

“Is the news you want to tell me about someone you know personally?”

“Well,no,”the man said.”But I think you know the person.”

“I see,” said Socrates.

“Then let me ask you my final question: Is this news positive or negative?”

“Well, it’s negative.”

“Let me see,” said the wise Socrates. “You want to tell me some news that you don’t know personally to be true,about someone you don’t know at all, and that is negative.”

“Well,it sounds bad when you put it like that.”

“I think I’ll pass,” Socrates said.

TRUE WISDOM!

You should adopt this philosophy too.

Before you say or listen to anything be sure to run it past the three pillars of positivity:

Practical Application:

1) Is it factually true?
2) Is about someone you know personally?
3) Is it positive or negative?

Just asking the three questions will cut down on 99% of the gossip that happens in our lives.

Before you call me, email me or contact me make sure that you remember what Rufus & Chaka Khan said back in the 70s:
Tell me something good!

Antonio

5 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Good

  • May 23, 2007 at 5:35 pm
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    I heard you on Reggie Johnson’s blogradio talk show, and was quite impressed. Thank you.

    I do have an additional perspective about our Study Group as well, and the significance of connecting to people in your particular Study Group. It gives law of attraction added perspective because of the additional concept of the commonality of the Study Group – your particular group that God has assigned for you to learn from and with. That makes law of attraction an outstanding concept that guides people’s lives primarily, if it is their primary lesson this lifetime. However if say endurance is the primary law that guides a person’s life this incarnation as dictated by God, then experiences will come to them that create endurance, and they may attract that, or more importantly from what I know, God may put such lessons before them so that they may learn the primary lesson of stick-to-itiveness and endurance. In that case, no matter how much they might attempt to, or exercise the law of attraction to attract elements that do not create endurance, those things are not likely to happen. It is a very complex set of lessons we human spirits are to go through, in order to reach our ultimate goal, and if we are here on this plane – earth – none of us is nearly advanced as we will have to be to reach the ultimate goal as set forth by the Creator. There are many areas of concentration, just like majors in college. Figuring out what your major is, is the key. Intelligent corporeal guides who are open minded and paying attention to the differences between us and our goals, truly make the difference.

    I look forward to hearing you in the future.

    Eva Ravenwood
    author of “The $64,000 Question!”
    http://www.evaravenwood.com

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  • May 25, 2007 at 1:40 pm
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    What’s the link to the blog radio show? I’d like to listen to it.

    Thanks,

    Alex

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  • November 5, 2008 at 3:58 pm
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    Eva wrote: “none of us is nearly advanced as we will have to be to reach the ultimate goal as set forth by the Creator”

    I write, “I don’t agree with that statement, we are as advanced as we want to be and pursue it.”

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