I nearly bit my tongue clean off this week. The goal this time around was to listen without judgment -- which is harder than it sounds, and certainly harder than I thought it would be. After all, I'm a Libra, I specialize in diplomacy and seeing both sides of any issue. I thought the only real challenge would be a certain coworker at the office.
What a laugh. Truth is, I learned I have a tendency to compare other people's decisions against my own personal criteria. If that's not the definition of judging, I don't know what is. I always thought it was an honest effort to understand the opposite point of view, but I think its just a means to emphasize my own position. Nothing like a little self discovery to screw up your day.
So, paying close attention to my inner (and outer) dialogue this week, I tried to squash that questioning voice as much as possible...and let me tell you it wasn't easy. It seems everyone I talked to challenged me in one way or another. Rather than dismissing anyone or anything, I gave listening my best shot and then tried to make sure my remarks were positive and I took my Mom's advice: If I couldn't say something nice, I didn't say anything at all.
The puncture wounds on my tongue ought to heal in a few weeks. :-P