Saying it out loud and writing it hold me accountable.

Once I say it and write it I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

I want to live in accordance with what I say and write because what I say and write is what I believe.

Yesterday I wrote about eating my words.

A few days ago I wrote about talking to my lonely neighbor.

Since then I’ve been tested more than once.

Today I saw my neighbor.

Here’s some context:

I ran a few errands. The roads were busy. People were everywhere. My hands were full. I had to go to the bathroom. I was hungry. I was a little bit grumpy and just wanted to get settled, sit down, and relax for a few minutes.

Individually none of these things were major, but in totality they added up, were enough to test my patience, and stressed me out a little bit.

Then I saw my neighbor.

I wanted to duck out.

Then I thought about what I said and wrote the other day.

I told myself not to be a hypocrite.

Then I put my stuff down inside and went back out to talk with my neighbor.

If you say it, mean it.

If you don’t mean it, don’t say it.

Mean what you say.

Do what you say you’re going to do.

Saying something and writing something really do help hold us accountable.