These are comments of indifference. It’s like saying you could care less. Instead you might ask some thought-provoking questions like, “What is most important to you in this situation?” “How would such-and-such decision make a difference in your life?” Ask questions to make the people probe themselves. This shows in a caring way that the solutions to their questions are within them.
I could have added more to this list – but I thought these ten were enough to chew on for now. I ask myself how many times do I glibly say things that might tear down instead of build up another person?
I believe the key is discernment. Discernment with genuine thoughtfulness: we can’t go wrong with those two. Add a dose of God’s love and compassion and we’ll make a big difference in our relationships.
Do you have some “never say” phrases you’d like to share? Send them to me here and I”ll post them!