I suddenly have a heightened awareness of words. Too often they are thrown around like old dish towels and leak out of mouths as oil through a tipped jar. Many people are completely unaware of the effect of their own words.
Friendships are made and broken by words. Nations are moved and minds are formed by words. Words can be as destructive as hail or as life giving as a soft rain.
They bring sunshine or sadness, hope or despair, courage or fear.
They precede you. They represent you as a flag does a country. They never stop as the ocean never stops moving. They flow always in your mind and press constantly on the door of your mouth.
Words are birthed from thoughts. Thoughts are learned.
Who has taught you to speak the way you do, think the way you do? Are the habits you have learned healthy ones? Are your words bringing life to those around you? Are they words of wisdom burnished through hours of reading, learning, and self assessment?
These are questions I love to ask myself. They help me realign when I feel my mouth has become a dragon, blowing fire on all those around me.
Our own words (whether spoken or thought) are the most influential part of where we end up in life. Our own ears and the ears of our spouses and children are the main recipients of our words.
Words need to be chosen with extreme care and caution. After all, our own life’s compass is set by them.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Question: Who has taught you to think and speak the way you do?