Do you ever try to mask the bitter taste of medicine with a fruit juice? The pleasant taste of something sweet makes it easier to swallow. Mary Poppins spoke realistically when she said: A spoonfull of sugar makes the medicine go down. It is also true when we have bad news to share. How often have you said: First let me give you the good news When working with young children who experienced behavior problems, I was encouraged to first share something positive about the child. Sadly, I did not always remember to break the ice with kindness.
When we wisely use the soft approach and sugar coat our words with kindness they will build strong relationships. A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up. Words of wisdom come from the wise, but fools speak foolishness (Proverbs 15:1-2 CEV). My desire is to follow in the steps of godly women. Her words are sensible, and her advice is thoughtful (Proverbs 31:26 CEV). Spooned sugar may not always be accessible. Maybe we should carry sugar cubes wherever we go.
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