I remember my elegant Granny saying, “If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.” (Tweet That)
I bet the senator’s wife of the following story wished she had known my granny when she was a child.
At church, one of my wealthy friends was sitting next to the wife of the senator of whose campaign she generously contributed. The pastor of the church was talking about the new bus ministry. He spoke of how they are busing in the poor underprivileged children, “so they can socialize and be exposed to new and prosperous experiences.”
The senator’s wife leaned in to the wealthy contributor and snootily whispered, “I am not sure how I feel about my children socializing with bus ministry children.”
Without missing a beat, the lovely contributor whispered back, “Well, you are sitting next to one.”
What thought comes to mind, when you read this? How would you have responded?
Oh, the rest of the story: After the meeting, the contributor helped the senators wife feel better, by assuring her that she too had said things she wished she hadn’t. She was gracious with her.