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Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Are you sad?
Are they sad?
How are they handling it?
Did you cry when they left?
Will you cry when they go?

These words are like clich├ęs that we hear now and then when someone dies, gets married and leaves home, goes overseas for higher studies, or even leaves home to start a fresh on greener pastures.
How often do we stop to ponder on the words that we utter; especially, in sensitive situations? It is one thing to make chit chat, but what point is conversation without substance. Do we ever stop and put ourselves in their shoes before words leave our mouths?  I hope we all make a conscious effort to THINK BEFORE SPEAKING without intentionally or unintentionally adding salt to other people’s wounds.