I said the wrong thing

Helen Amery
3 min readMay 21, 2020

This week’s experience of what could be counted as ‘saying the wrong thing’ gained alot of interest in my weekly newsletter. Have a read and see what you think. And if you want to subscribe to get this kind of content each week, the link’s at the bottom.

Quote — In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

In a world where you can be anything, be kind

But how could we ever know what ‘kind’ is?

Kind to you could be different to me.

Kind for me today could be different to kind for me tomorrow.

‘Kindness’ in saving an animal from a predator is not kind to the predator.

And what seems unkind in this moment could, in hindsight, prove to be an invaluable, life-changing moment.

No truth in kindness as the mind has defined it, so no point getting tangled in whether what we did or said was kind or not.

At the weekend I emailed Garry Turner, knowing at the time there was an element of lingering ego reaction happening, off in imagination, upset that — as it looked at the time — Garry, in his newsletters, hadn’t mentioned our interview for his book, or my group programme he’d been on, but that he had mentioned others. Foot-stamping, it’s not fair, nobody cares, I’m not good enough.

These are the kinds of things that run in our minds when fear-based thinking passes through and gets believed. Immediately the aperture we’re looking through narrows and we lose sight of information (Garry later shared the link where he had in fact given a shout out for the course :-0). In those moments we feel separate and alone. It all feels so real.

And it’s not true. At one time I wouldn’t have even sent the email, thinking it’s not kind to Garry to share those thoughts. I’d have stewed and grumped — and would have eventually come out of it. But maybe there’d have been that lingering taste of it in the relationship.

Who knows.

But I do know that where there is resistance there is information. And I was clear enough when I sent the email to know (and said in the email) that the resistance I was experiencing was information about me and zero information about Garry or a need for him to change his approach to his emails.

Helen Amery

Creating a life of alignment, with peace, love and joy.