True, Necessary, Kind

Gold Canyon, Arizona

Played pickleball a couple of times yesterday. Yep, I’m a twice daily player whenever possible.  🙂

When I play pickleball, I try to meet three criteria.

Here are the criteria:

  1. Sweat tons
  2. Laugh a lot
  3. Learn something

The interesting thing about yesterday is that I met the criteria in totally different ways during those two sessions.


The afternoon session was what most of my pickleball play is like in that I sweated and I laughed and I learned more about the mechanics and strategies of the game.

The morning session was similar in that I laughed and I sweated, but the lesson was about me rather than pickleball and it came to me later in the day.


One player got on my nerves, and I came way too close to criticizing her in retaliation to some things she said to me.

I talked with Melissa later who she said asks herself, “What’s the purpose of saying this now?”

Wise words…



And that lent me to remember one of my favorite quotes:*

  • Is it true?
  • Is it necessary?
  • Is it kind?

If I can’t answer YES to all three, there’s no purpose to say anything.

*This is from a poem by the same name written by Mary Ann Pietzker, published in 1872.