Today’s Advent quote from the gospel of Matthew speaks of being blessed when you are spoken ill of and the peace practice begins with the phrase “Listen attentively to the language around you.” It reminds us to speak positively about others and ourselves. For me, this is harder than it sounds since I frequently have no filter and whatever is in my head comes out of my mouth. Sometimes I find myself saying something negative about someone without even realizing that I’m doing it, like making a comment about someone’s hair, or outfit. I almost always do that just to be funny, but it isn’t necessary and if the person ever heard me it would be hurtful.  So today I will try to keep a filter in place and look for times that I can spread peace and joy to others. Hopefully, it will become a habit, not just today, but ongoing in my life.

by JAM