“Be careful of the words you say, keep them short and sweet. You never know, from day to day, which ones you’ll have to eat.” Anonymous
Every day we engage in all sorts of conversations; casual and serious exchanges that are filled with thoughts, ideas, back talk, innuendo and even promises. We use words carefully and sometimes carelessly too. As we wrap up the year and, in some quarters, if tempers flare, it would be wise to be mindful of our words and use them sparingly. Even as we prepare our wish list of resolutions for the coming year, let us weigh our words and make sure that we stand by what we say… otherwise the entire effort would be pointless. No? Where do you find strength? In addition to our spiritual beliefs and our own strength, there is great strength in silence… and reflection. Sometimes, we must swim away. Sometimes, saying less is best.
“Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.” Lawrence G. Lovasik
Words have energy and that energy can be either positive or negative. When we gather in groups at events or even at a beautiful park like the one above; Highline Park in Manhattan, our flow of words, our language, our conversations blend to create a joyful sound or dissonance… Let’s share our words from a place of peace.
“However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you, If you do not act on upon them?” Gautama Buddha
How many times have we heard the old adage about how our words precede our actions…? For the coming year, lets stand by our words and act on what we commit to do. Of course, when we say less, we have more energy to formulate a cohesive plan to put into action. Holding our tongue is not enough. Uncluttering our mental stairway and periodic moments of silence would do too. There is great strength there. Happy Holidays!
What are your thoughts? When do you hold your tongue? What words carry the most weight for you? What is the purpose of silence? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP DailyPost: Where do you find strength?
Positive Motivation Tip: Words have tremendous power and we must watch how and when we use them; diplomacy wins friends.
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