Posted by: Upāsaka | 05/22/2016

I make the firm aspiration to speak well of others, dwelling on their good qualities.

This is a tough one, especially in work situations where I’m faced with having to critically examine the quality of an employee’s work. What does it mean to say that I make the firm aspiration to speak well of others, dwelling on their good qualities in such a case?

Perhaps it means to forgive the forgivable, to accentuate the positive while being clear headed and straightforward about our expectations. Maybe it means not engaging in derisive conservation with my business partner about the idiosyncrasies of our employees. Clearly there’s much work to be done with Right Speech and I undertake to practice it as well as I am able.

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