No more excuses

When someone else uses a tone that you find offensive, you immediately become more aware of what and how you respond.  I remember encountering this in Katimavik too.  It happens everywhere.  Work, home, traveling, you name it.  It’s a reminder to me that I should pay attention to how I say something more often.  I forget after a while, but something will happen and it will be at the front of my mind.  This post is more of a reminder for myself.

I mentioned this in a post about 100 Things About Me, but I’ll bring it up again.  People that know me know that when I say something, tone is not as important as what I am saying.  However, this only works in personal situations, and it’s really just an excuse for me not to change.  I should (and will try again and again and again) to make a conscious effort to be careful of what AND how I say things to people.

Especially now that I’ve been learning Japanese and practicing it, I’m realizing a bit more that tones in Japanese are simplified.  Raise intonation for questions, stress different syllables for different things are the two that I am encountering right now.  But in English, it’s so much more complex.  People can be sensitive to tone or not at all, and I should learn to be sensitive instead of just glossing over it.  It’s harder to be more sensitive all the time, but it will be easier in the long run.  A new habit will be formed… hopefully.

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