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You may have heard this many times, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”
Probably, you’ve heard or even said this to yourself or someone you care about more times than you can remember…
And while it has good intentions, the reality is…it couldn’t be further from the truth!
Words have tremendous power–they can hurt and they can heal…
They can tear down someone’s world or build it up.
Thanks in part to the expanded lines of communication like social media and text messaging, people are more likely than ever to rip each other apart with offensive words as they hide behind the thin veil of technology.
And if that wasn’t bad enough…
We’re the masters of getting in our own way!
Yes…it may seem like the world is out to get us, but we’ve got enough going on under the hood to get ourselves out of the game with self-sabotaging words and negative thoughts i.e. inner dialogue and venomous remarks about others.
In his seminal book, “The Four Agreements“, Don Miguel Ruiz urges readers to be impeccable with their words:
- Speak with integrity
- Say only what you mean and mean what you say
- Avoid using words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others
- Use the power of your words in the direction of truth and love
Your words have the power to both create and destroy.
The words we choose build our own reality and the reality of those around us. Be thoughtful and careful about you say.
You have great power in your speech that can unleash a forceful fury that can hurt, tear down, or positive energy that can create, build, and heal.
Every time you open your mouth is an opportunity to stay true to yourself and what you value…or an opportunity to stray from that path.
It’s up to you whether the self-fulfilling prophecies you articulate become a delight or a dungeon for yourself and those around you.
- How do I speak to myself and others?
- In what ways is my speech positive and encouraging?
- In what ways do I have a hard time controlling my tongue?
- How do others speak to you?
- Are there people around you who gossip and speak negatively about others?
- Who are the encouraging people who lift you and others up?
Think of an area of life you tend to complain about or speak negatively of. Challenge yourself to find a way to express gratitude every time you’re tempted to complain…
Because when you count all of your blessings, you’ll always show a profit.
There is life and death in the power of the tongue…
And what you say–positive or negative takes the first profound effect on you!
Use savory words…
Season your speech with salt!
“Change what you tell yourself…for no one really knows enough to be a pessimist“–Norman Cousins
Your words have the power to start fires or quench passion…
And if your lips would keep from slips, observe five things with care: To whom you speak; of whom you speak; and how…when…and where–Anonymous.
And…if you see it in your mind…you’re going to hold it in your hand!
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