Grumpiness is Not Empowerment

I’ve been a bit snarky to my wonderful husband lately. Could be I’m over extended, or maybe it’s about adjusting to more together time now that he has just completed his first year as a retired person. In any case, I need to remind myself that, whatever is going on with me, I do not have permission to be less than kind to those around me, especially my supportive, caring mate.

To truly be empowered, we need to be able to express our emotions in a way that is honest and honors the other person. Be truthful about what you want to say, and then say it in a way that invites discussion. Look at the motivations behind the language and tone of voice you are using, and then imagine you are the recipient of the conversation.

When you imagine you are the one listening, how does it feel? If it feels good and clean, then it’s probably empowered communication.