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You Can’t Unring A Bell

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Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t unring a bell“? I love it because it is so true! Once you do something, you can’t undo it. You can try to make up for it if you want, but the simple fact is that once it is done, it is done! That’s why it is so important to really consider something before you make a decision, especially big ones.

You want examples? OK. You get mad at work. And rather than just dealing with it and moving forward you react immediately. You quit your job. So did that really help? I’m not saying take abuse. I’m saying think before you act! If you quit a job, you’re losing safety and security that income provides. This could also affect your relationships and living situation. So one decision could affect every aspect of your life. Another example is friendship. You get mad at a friend. Who doesn’t? So out of anger, you just blow the friend off or in the case of Facebook you go so far as to “unfriend” the person or  “block” them. What if you overreacted? What if you want that person back in your life later but you have taken that action? Do you think they’re going to want you back? No, probably not. I have been unfriended before over stupid stuff and if that person came back and decided to send me a friend request my answer would be “NO!” I value friends and don’t give up on them easily. I would hope others are the same way. I don’t just give up on a friend because I didn’t like something they said or did once. If it was something that happened continually then I’d rethink the whole thing, and I have had to do that. One more example, I promise! You have a disagreement with your significant other. You don’t end things with someone you love because of a disagreement. And if you do, you might really regret what you did. Have you ever said something or done something in the heat of the moment and regretted it? If you do this with a significant other, it could be the biggest mistake of your life. You may turn someone you love into someone who hates you.

So before doing things that have significant impact, don’t forget that you can’t unring a bell! Once it has been rung, it’s done.


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4 thoughts on “You Can’t Unring A Bell

  1. Wonderful words of wisdom, Amy. Once it’s rung, it’s done … I like that.

    Blessings – Maxi

  2. great post…I always try to remember that, when you say something, there’s no taking it back…you can apologize, but the words are still out there…

    • Thanks. The other day I heard the phrase and kept thinking about it and what truth there is in it. I know I have wanted to unring a bell more than once but what’s done is done. Hard lesson to learn.

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