That’s Not What I Meant…


Bertha…just gave me a phrase…which is a good thing…because I had nothing to write about…anyway…here’s what she reminded me of…

It’s not what you say…it’s how you say it…

I’m immediately reminded of my high school economics teacher…she told us one day that she did an experiment to prove that dogs don’t understand words…just tone of voice…

So…in a very sweet voice…she said to a dog…go away…shoo…go away…and…it wagged its tail and came to her…then later she said in a very gruff voice…come here you sweet little puppy…but…the dog wouldn’t come…

Thus…proving her theory…

Now…I’m not sure what this lesson had to do with economics…but…it had a whole lot to do with life…

So…today…Bertha…is prompting me to pay attention to the way I say things…to the tone of my voice…to my body language…not just to the words that I speak…especially…when I interact with the children at school…because…they are very astute at hearing exactly what I mean…not what I say…

Hmmm…

Jane

PS…sadly…that’s the only thing I remember from that class…

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