Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me.........WRONG!!!
The notion that words cannot hurt is absolutely WRONG! The most powerful and constant force that we cannot escape is our language. Whether it's the words we say to ourselves in our heads, the words we say about ourselves aloud to others, or the words people use when speaking to us. These words thread into our consciousness and unconsciousness and not only create an emotional reaction but influence how we view ourselves and the world around us. These words create who we are.
What a powerful and simple responsibility. When you break it down to its core component the fact that as human beings we can use our words to impact someone else and impact ourselves. The knowledge that one word shapes a child. The truth that one phrase can changes the course of who we are. Something so simple yet enormously powerful holds a tremendous responsibility for us and others. Depending on how you choose to view it, this responsibility can be a positive privilege or a negative burden.
My hope is that you will view it as privilege and use that innate power to have a positive influence on yourself and those around you.
Today's Challenge: Listen to yourself and take notice of the words you are using throughout a single day.
1. Is your language positive or negative?
2. Are you aware of the words that silently tumble around in you head?
3. Is your language towards others positive or negative?
4. How does your body physically respond to words throughout the day? Do they make your stomach turn or hang your head? Or do these words make your shoulders go back and your heart race?
5. How do you emotionally react to words? Do you find yourself feeling hopeless or overwhelmed? Or do you find yourself feeling energized and satisfied?
Now that you are more aware of how words are affecting you make be inspired to make the choice to change your own words towards yourself and others. Always remember that the old saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." isn't what to remember. Rather the old saying that is most important to remember is that "It is easier to build a strong child than to repair an adult."
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