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I Am Getting Rid of My Buts

October 22, 2009

 

In my vocabulary, I am getting rid of the word, “but.” 

It reeks of confrontation, judgement:

  • “I loved what you wrote but we think differently about that.”
  • “Great blog but it would have been better if…”
  • “I hear what you are saying, but I am right!”

Yuck.

What about “and”?

  • “I loved what you wrote and I noticed we think differently about that.”
  • “I both respect and disagree with what you just said.”
  • “I hear what you are saying, and…”

“And…” — such a nice word. Amiable. Accommodating.

“BUT…” — Not so nice. Blustery. Blowhard.

So I am getting rid of my buts. Be gone! Bye bye! 

Say hello to ‘and’  — Absolutely!

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