I’ve been obsessing lately about the words we choose to share with others. Every day I remind others that words matter. Whether it is a careless comment, a tantalizing Tweet, a snappy Snapchat, or a potent post on Facebook, the words we share have power! Are we thinking about what we are saying?
I am reminded of an object lesson. Squeeze all of the toothpaste out of the tube… Now put it back into the tube. It can’t be done. Our words are like that toothpaste. Once we release them we cannot put them back in our mouth and forget all about them. We can’t “un-crush” or “un-offend” someone.
Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you did and who you are, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
How we make people feel is a result of the words we say and how we say them.
Our words have power. They carry weight. They have the ability to create a moment and the strength to destroy it. So…. articulate your ideas and beliefs with careful intention.
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” – Rumi
Word are meant to help us express and describe our experiences with others. Choose words lift… even you.
When someone asks how you are doing, respond in a positive manner. “Life is good!” It may feel a bit awkward at first; it may feel like you are “acting”. It is worth the effort. Eventually, it will seem natural. In addition, everyone, including you, feels better.
Choose words that create happiness!
Take time to filter your thoughts before you open your mouth… or let your thumbs fly across your screen. Crush thoughts that will bring nothing but negative feelings and trouble. Speak words that create joy and love; words that create a better life for you and for those you speak to.
Make the commitment… no complaining, no gossip, no negative comments. When you feel the urge to complain or say something rude, reach down to your inner power and and express appreciation, no matter how small. There are plenty of positive ways to express your thoughts and feelings.
Make an effort to say “please” and “thank you” more often. Kind words make a difference!
“Choose your words wisely” may be a common phrase, yet it is a phrase with power! The words you choose have the power to change your life and the lives of others.
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